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Vaccine mandates: Here are the companies requiring proof of inoculation from employees

·7-min read

Soon after Pfizer and BioNTech’s (PFE) COVID-19 vaccine got full Food and Drug Administration approval on Monday, more employers announced vaccination requirements for their workers.

Chevron, CVS, UPS, and Goldman Sachs were among the employers so far this week to announce vaccination mandates for some or all of their employees. 

The Pentagon also said on Monday that all U.S. military service members must be vaccinated, while New York City public school teachers and staff must get at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by Sept. 27, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

That follows a string of major companies and states mandating inoculation in the last month as case counts mount and the Delta variant raises new safety concerns.

A smartphone with displayed
A smartphone with displayed "Immunity passport COVID-19" is placed on a passport in this illustration taken April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Late last month, restaurateur and Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer announced that both employees and patrons who wish to dine indoors at the group’s full-service restaurants in New York City and Washington, D.C., will be required to show proof of vaccination beginning September 7.

"Now is the time for the public and private sectors to come together, listen to the science, and mandate vaccination," the American Medical Association. 

Short of mandates, companies and organizations alike are also offering cash incentives and on-site vaccinations. Others have warned of penalties for staying unvaccinated, like the National Football League which is fining unvaccinated athletes nearly $15,000 for every pandemic safety measure infraction.

Here’s a list of companies requiring vaccination, incentivizing vaccination, or providing on-site vaccines in the U.S.

Requiring a vaccinated workforce

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(Photo: Getty Creative)
  • San Francisco Bay Area Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

  • Delta Air Lines new hires 

  • Michelin-starred New York City restaurant Eleven Madison Park

  • The Broadway production of Hamilton

  • Houston Methodist Hospital network

  • Lastique International Corp., a raw plastics distributor and recycler in Louisville, Kentucky

  • New York City department store Saks

  • Senior assisted living facilities Sunrise Senior Living, Enlivant, and IntegraCare

  • Facebook employees at U.S. campuses

  • U.S.-based Google employees

  • Employees of The Washington Post

  • New York City-based Morgan Stanley employees

  • CNN employees

  • Chicago-based Fifty/50 Restaurant Group

  • Le Bernardin, a Michelin-starred New York City restaurant

  • Twitter

  • Asset manager BlackRock

  • All office-based employees of Lyft

  • Private healthcare network Ascension Health

  • Cast and crew of U.S. Netflix productions

  • San Francisco city employees

  • Real estate firm, the Durst Corporation, is requiring all employees to be vaccinated or they will face termination.

  • Corporate and management-level staff of Walmart must be vaccinated by October 4

  • Norweigan Cruise Lines crew

  • Employees and crew members at all U.S.-based Walt Disney parks

  • In September, Microsoft will require vaccinated employees, vendors, and visitors to its U.S. offices

  • Office-based Uber employees

  • Financial services company Jefferies Group will only allow vaccinated employees back into its offices

  • Food provider Tyson will begin a phased mandate for a vaccinated workforce beginning October 1, subject to union negotiations

  • Tech-real estate company Redfin

  • Politico employees 

  • All employees of long-term care facilities in Massachusetts

  • U.S.-based contractors and employees of Pfizer

  • Virginia state employees will be required to get vaccinated or submit to weekly Covid testing beginning September 1 

  • All U.S.-based employees of United Airlines

  • California health care and long-term care workers and teachers must be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests

  • Corporate office employees of Walgreens

  • Salesforce

  • New York City-based members and employees of Equinox fitness centers 

  • DoorDash corporate employees

  • Cisco

  • Anthem health insurance company

  • Frontier Airlines employees beginning October 1 

  • U.S.-based Ford employees that travel overseas  

  • Employees and contractors of Gilead Sciences beginning October 1 

  • Amtrak employees beginning November 1

  • Access to the New York Stock Exchange trading floor 

  • McDonald's corporate staff beginning September 27

  • Educators and staff members at Virginia, Oregon, New Jersey, and New York City public schools 

  • MGM Resorts employees

  • Los Angeles city workers, including police officers and firefighters 

  • All U.S. military service members

  • Chevron employees who travel internationally and Americans working overseas

  • Corporate and patient-facing CVS employees like nurses and pharmacists 

  • Envision Healthcare, a nationwide medical group 

  • Corporate employees of UPS

  • Goldman Sachs employees, visitors, and clients who wish to enter a U.S.-based office

  • Cardinal Health

  • Capital One employees who wish to return to its offices

  • Deloitte

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Hawaii Airlines

  • U.S.-based Hess offshore workers 

  • Northwestern Mutual employees and contractors who wish to return to offices

Incentivizing vaccinations

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(Photo: Getty Creative)
  • Discount grocery chain ALDI is offering its hourly employees up to four hours of paid time off for both doses of the vaccine. Salaried workers will get their hours adjusted to accommodate vaccination appointments.

  • New hires in Amazon warehouses can earn a $100 bonus on their first day for showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Amtrak is offering employees a bonus equivalent to two hours of pay upon providing proof of vaccination plus excused absences for vaccination appointments during work hours.

  • Vaccinated employees of American Airlines will get an additional paid vacation day in 2022 and a $50 bonus.

  • Bolthouse Farms, the maker of juices and dressings, is offering its employees a $500 bonus if they get vaccinated at one of the company’s on-site clinics or can show proof of vaccination.

  • Yogurt and dairy product maker Chobani will cover up to six hours of time for hourly employees to get vaccinated.

  • Darden Restaurants, the hospitality group behind well-known restaurants like Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, is offering hourly employees four hours of pay to cover both doses of the vaccine.

  • Discount retailer Dollar General is offering its hourly workers a one-time stipend equivalent to four hours of work to get vaccinated. Salaried employees will receive scheduling accommodations for vaccination appointments.

  • Grocery delivery service Instacart is giving a $25 stipend to both in-store employees and independent contractors who have made at least five deliveries in a month.

  • JBS USA and Pilgrim's, the meat-processing plant, is offering its employees a $100 bonus for receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain is offering its employees a $100 bonus with proof of inoculation, and essential and frontline staffers will receive a $100 store credit and 1,000 fuel points. Those who can’t receive the vaccination for medical or religious reasons are still eligible for the $100 so long as they complete an educational course.

  • The Mid-Atlantic and Southeast supermarket chain Lidl is offering its employees a $200 bonus for receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and scheduling flexibility for vaccination appointments.

  • Employees of both McDonald’s corporate offices and restaurants of the fast-food giant will receive up to four hours of paid time off to get vaccinated.

  • Southeastern grocer Publix is giving its employees $125 gift cards when providing proof of vaccination.

  • Starbucks employees will receive up to four hours of paid time for vaccine dosage appointments.

  • Target is offering hourly employees up to four hours of paid time off per vaccine dosage and will reimburse up to $30 roundtrip for using a Lyft to their vaccination appointments.

  • Trader Joe's is giving its workers an additional two hours of pay for each dose they receive and the freedom to adjust their schedules to accommodate vaccine appointments.

  • Small businesses generally don’t have the resources to fund costly company-wide inoculation clinics or issue vaccination bonuses. As an incentive, the IRS is offering businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees a refundable tax credit to offset time used by employees to receive or recover from vaccinations and reimburse for paid sick and family leave for employees due to COVID-19.

  • Financial services company Vanguard will pay its workers $1,000 bonuses for getting vaccinated. 

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(Photo: Getty Creative)

Providing at-work inoculations

  • Amazon is providing on-site vaccination for its U.S. front-line employees

  • Bolthouse Farms

  • Last month, Houston’s Legacy Restaurants hosted a two-day vaccine pop-up for employees and their spouses

  • MGM Resorts has opened a vaccination clinic at the Mandalay Bay resort

  • Los Angeles County has a mobile vaccine unit for the city’s essential workers

  • Vivint, a Utah-based home security company

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