Starbucks to require all U.S. workers get COVID-19 vaccine or tested

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Starbucks says it should require its U.S. workers be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 or be tested weekly as of February 9, in step with a federal mandate because the Omicron variant advances throughout the nation. 

Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver instructed the company’s home workforce of roughly 220,000 staff that they need to disclose their vaccination standing by January 10. First detailed in a December 27 letter to staff, the brand new guidelines have been additionally reiterated in a weekly replace on Monday. 

“The vaccine is the best option we have, by far, when it comes to staying safe and slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Culver wrote. “It’s concerning to see this new variant has pushed daily COVID-19 case counts higher than the Delta wave at its peak.” 

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set February 9 as its new date for large employers to require full immunization or weekly testing for the coronavirus. 

Under the espresso chain’s new coverage, Starbucks workers who choose out of vaccination can have to purchase their very own OSHA-approved checks and submit outcomes each week. 

Dr. David Agus talks Omicron unfold

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The mandate was beforehand slated to take impact January 4, however OSHA suspended enforcement of the White House directive pending a courtroom listening to of challenges to the regulation. 

A federal appeals courtroom final week dominated that OSHA’s commonplace may transfer ahead, with the Supreme Court anticipated to hear oral arguments on it on Friday. 

Starbucks additionally up to date its coverage on how lengthy staff ought to isolate after contracting COVID-19, adhering to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortening the advisable time. 

Omicron has faculties, airways, eating places and retailers scaling again operations amid a dearth of workers.

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