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US employers lose patience with workers who do not want to get vaccinated against Covid-19

Companies are again implementing sanitary measures in the face of new Delta variant infections.

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The new wave of infections is pushing the U.S. employers lose patience with workers who don’t want to get vaccinated against Covid-19, published El Universal.

For months, a good part of the employers resorted to information campaigns, access to vaccines, bonuses and incentives to encourage their workers to inoculate themselves against Covid-19.

But today the strategy has changed as a growing number of companies are imposing rules to make life difficult for those who refuse to get vaccinated, from direct orders until they undergo periodic tests to prove that they are not carriers of Covid-19 and its variants.

More and more employers are hardening their position on the matter, such as the Federal Government, Google, Facebook, Walt Disney Co., the NFL, and the governments of California and New York, among others.

Hospitals, universities, restaurants, bars and entertainment establishments have also begun to request that their workers be vaccinated.

Many of the companies that are requesting vaccination have mostly workers who are already inoculated and who are not willing to work alongside people who are not.

However, the publication notes that the new measures are unlikely to affect the millions of Americans who have chosen not to get vaccinated, as major companies that rely on low-income workers, such as food producers and retailers, are circumventing orders from vaccination for fear of driving away employees and worsening the labor shortage.

For example, Tyson Foods said that roughly 50 percent of its employees in the United States (about 56,000 people) have been vaccinated after conducting more than 100 vaccination events since the beginning of the year. However, the company said it does not plan to impose an order for the other half to be inoculated.

For their part, Walmart and Amazon, two of the largest employers in the United States, have also refused to require their workers to be vaccinated and maintain bonus strategies and access to anti-Covid vaccines. But in a recent announcement, Walmart told its employees that they will be required to get vaccinated before October 4, which may represent a potentially powerful signal to advance immunization against Covid-19.

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