Employer’s Vaccination Obligations Turn Some Workers, But Not All

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New York The company that announced the mandatory vaccine says that some employees standing on the fence were later vaccinated with COVID-19. However, there are still several holdouts – a sign that is likely to indicate what will happen if a federal mission is implemented.

Even before that, President Joe Biden announced on September 9 that companies with more than 100 employees should be vaccinated, most dozens of companies including Amtrak, Microsoft, United Airlines and Disney. I had given the last notice to the workers. In addition, small businesses in New York, San Francisco and New Orleans must meet their customer and worker obligations.

Some of the orders seem to have converted hesitant workers, but employers are still working on holdouts. United said late Tuesday it would start sacking 5,93 employees in the coming days because it refused vaccinations. Other companies offer options such as weekly tests, working on or away from other employees, and eventual dismissal.

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The federal government’s mission targets 100 million Americans: private sector workers, health care workers and federal contractors. According to the CDC, increasing vaccination rates in the United States is a high stake by the president. About 77% of adults in the United States have been vaccinated at once.

Akash Kapoor, founder of Curry Up Now Indian restaurant chain, implemented vaccination requirements for employees and customers at his location in downtown San Francisco in August. Kapoor said more than 90% of the employees have been vaccinated and one or two in each store have refused. They have tested unrelated workers twice a week.

“Vaccinated employees can rest assured,” he said.

Alejandra Segura, 28, senior education and development coordinator for Curry Apneau, said she was worried she might be unresponsive to the vaccine, so she postponed it. However, the series’ vaccination obligations prompted her to take action, and she received her first dose of Pfizer vaccine on September 20.

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“It’s good to have vaccinations to ensure people’s safety,” Segura said.

“Experience shows that these obligations put a lot of pressure on the motivation of vaccination workers,” said Laura Budlow, an assistant professor at Columbia University who studies labor issues. She said she believes only a small percentage of employees will retire. Perhaps people who are about to retire and are extremely distrustful of the vaccine.

The Biden administration has said companies will be fined $13,600 for each violation and subject to mandatory weekly testing instead of vaccination.

The question of whether employers or the government pays for required tests has yet to be answered. The rules for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responsible for administering the mandate will be drafted over the next few weeks.

On the other hand, the number of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is increasing rapidly. Last week the average 7-day COVID-19 deaths crossed the 2,000-mark for the first time since March. And this week, several state deadlines for vaccinating health care workers have arrived, and if some are fired, or suspended, hospital and nursing home staff shortages could increase. . I have.

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Nearly 59% of remote workers support vaccine requirements in their workplace, compared to 47% of those currently working directly, according to an Associated Press-NORC Public Relations and Research Center poll. About a quarter of the activists (face-to-face and remote) protested.

United Airlines officials say their mission worked. About 96% of the airline’s 67,000 US employees have been vaccinated and 3% want additional exemptions that could result in unpaid leave. Less than 1% will be sacked, with officials saying they will not affect the airline’s operations.

Pilot unions in the United States and the Southwest have called on the Biden administration and Congress to choose between weekly testing and immunity for past COVID-19 infections. The president of the American Airlines union warned that “mass dismissals” of unvaccinated pilots could lead to a shortage of pilots during the December holiday. Neither Americans nor Southwest have reported whether they need vaccinations or provide testing as an option.

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Delta has shut down without requiring vaccinations, but starting November, workers who haven’t been vaccinated with the company’s health insurance will have to pay an additional $200 per month.

Dr. Henry Tin, Delta’s chief health officer, said about 20,000 employees had not been vaccinated when the company announced plans for an additional fee. About 9,000 people got at least one shot last month. About 82.5% of Delta’s 75,000 employees have been fully vaccinated. Tin said fewer than five workers are seeking medical exemptions, and no workers are seeking religious exemptions.

“The first 20,000 people were very enthusiastic and reached about 70% (vaccination),” Ting said, while the remaining uneducated workers were “a very different group”. Is”.

According to Tin, the holdouts are more likely to be black, brown, or younger than the first group. “Many of them are not anti-Baker,” he said. “They were standing on the fence, they are scared, they want to make their own decisions at their own time.”

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Other large companies that have announced rules that require office workers to be vaccinated now or in the coming weeks include Google, McDonald’s (US-based office workers), Microsoft and Goldman Sachs.

Last week, Amtrak postponed the vaccination deadline for all workers by three weeks to November 22. Currently, about 60% of workers receive at least one vaccination.

Meat packaging giant Tyson Foods, whose workforce has been badly hit by the coronavirus, requires all workers to be vaccinated by November 1. About 80% of Tyson’s more than 100,000 workers are vaccinated at least once. 50% of the time the mandate is announced on August 3.

The company has introduced incentives to vaccinate workers. The Poultry Department runs a $10,000 weekly lottery for workers who have been vaccinated at least once a week for five weeks.

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New York began vaccinating some companies on September 13. Artdepol said that of the 24 employees of Muyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes in Times Square, about 16 had already been vaccinated, 3 were vaccinated when needed and 5 were vaccinated. I did Rejected.

DePol is working on setting up weekly tests to help keep unvaccinated workers on time.

“It’s so hard to find a good person right now, so I don’t want to lose a good person with this.”

König reported from Dallas. Detroit AP writer Dee-Anne Durbin contributed to this report.

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