Many American businesses are abandoning their COVID-19 immunization requirements in an effort to entice workers back to the workplace.
According to Axios, many corporations are gradually removing their employees’ COVID-19 immunization mandates. Employers are scrambling to get people back to work after COVID-19-related lockdowns caused the greatest global economic crisis since the Great Depression and July’s GDP report revealed Americans are currently experiencing a recession once more.
In a memo to its staff, Goldman Sachs stated: “With many tools including vaccination, improved treatments and testing now available, there is significantly less risk of severe illness.”
Nearly eight months have passed since the U.S. President Joe Biden’s federal mandate that all sizable businesses must their employees to either get vaccinated against COVID or be tested frequently in order to keep their jobs was overturned by the Supreme Court.
According to Charter creator Erin Grau, “employers are trying to reduce any barriers to entry for new hires.” She spoke with executives who are abandoning their mandates because, according to their bosses, they are costly and time-consuming.
According to Jeff Levin-Scherz, population health leader at Willis Towers Watson, in an interview with Axios, “Companies decided that the rationale for mandates had become weak enough that they don’t want to continue.”
Only a few businesses, though, have openly announced their intentions to rescind the requirement. According to its website, Cisco stopped mandating vaccinations for office entrance, travel, event attendance, or visits from clients, partners, and other third parties in June. In March, JPMorgan Chase declared that it will resume employing unvaccinated personnel.
According to Axios, several businesses, such as Google, Edelman, Boeing, and Meta, still require vaccinations for all employees entering their workplaces.
The White House released a statement on Thursday urging businesses to take specific measures to safeguard staff and clients from COVID-19 this autumn, but it made no mention of vaccine mandates.