As the Delta variety spread across the United States during the summer and into the fall of last year, several employers began announcing vaccination obligations. Despite these criteria, the country continues to be burdened by COVID, which is now exacerbated by the Omicron variety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this strain of the virus has now accounted for more than 99 percent of new infections in the United States in just two months (CDC).
However, the government has only managed to properly vaccinate 63 percent of its people, requiring new vaccine regulations for 2022. And now, some businesses are preparing to fire employees who don’t follow the rules.
According to Reuters, T-Mobile aims to dismiss corporate employees who are not completely vaccinated in the next months.
An internal business document issued on The T-MO Report, an unauthorized blog that reports on the corporation, according to the news site, suggests that these staff have till April 2 to obtain their injections.
“As the Omicron wave peaks and diminishes around the country,” the message adds, “we’re looking ahead to what’s next and how we can keep our T-Mobile community—ourselves, our families, and our customers—safe.”
“Data repeatedly suggests that immunizations give the highest chance of reducing COVID-19 sickness, severe illness, and death.”
However, some consequences will be felt before April. Employees who have not received their first dosage and uploaded documentation by February 21 will be placed on unpaid leave, according to the message.
Those who have not been properly vaccinated by the deadline in April will be “removed from T-Mobile.”
The message was sent to “all workers,” according to The T-MO Report, except for field technicians and most in-store retail responsibilities.
“We are requiring office workers to be fully vaccinated by April 2 (with limited exceptions for certain roles, locations, legally mandated accommodations and exemptions),” T-Mobile said in a statement to Reuters, adding that “badge-controlled offices remain accessible only to those who are vaccinated against COVID-19.”
The T-Mobile letter appears to have been delivered to employees on January 28th, following the United States Supreme Court’s verdict on January 13th, which prevented President Joe Biden from signing a broad order requiring major firms to impose vaccine mandates.
Despite the fact that it is no longer a federal requirement, T-Mobile is not the only firm that requires evidence of vaccination from its employees.
According to USA Today, companies including Citigroup, United Airlines, and Carhartt have all decided to keep their vaccination mandates in place.
Citigroup demanded all U.S. workers to be completely vaccinated by Jan. 14 or risk being fired by the end of the month, but United Airlines has required full vaccination since Sept. 27.
Carhartt CEO Mark Valade then addressed a letter to workers on Jan. 14, one day after the court’s decision, informing them that the company’s vaccination obligation will stay in effect.
According to The Washington Post, Carhartt said in 2021 that it will demand staff to be vaccinated by January 4 or risk firing. However, the deadline has been extended for certain of the company’s facilities, giving staff until February 15 to be inoculated.
“We prioritize worker safety, and the Supreme Court’s recent verdict has no bearing on that basic principle,” Valade wrote in an email to USA Today.
“While we recognize that other points of view exist, workplace safety is an issue on which we and the union that represents our employees cannot agree.”
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