News

Vaccine Mandates

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) says all US-based employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 or face unpaid suspension.

The Armonk, New York-based tech giant told workers last week that, as a government contractor, it must comply with the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large companies, federal workers and federal contractors, CNBC reported Thursday, citing an internal memo.


Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

The consumer-packaged goods and retail industries are pressing the White House for more details on how to implement a sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate within the private sector.

In a letter Monday to President Joe Biden, the Consumer Brands Association included a list of more than a dozen questions from its member companies regarding requirements for vaccination, testing and other logistics.


Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he would support a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all air travel in the US.

“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” the White House chief medical adviser said in an interview with theSkimm podcast, The Hill reported.


Reuters | Equities.com |

Delta Air Lines on Wednesday said employees will have to pay $200 more every month for their company-sponsored healthcare plan if they choose to not be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The move to add a surcharge to health insurance contributions is the latest tactic by corporate America to push employees to get the shots to fight the pandemic.


Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the US will not emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic until next spring — at the earliest — and only if an “overwhelming majority” gets vaccinated against the virus.

During a CNN appearance Monday night, Dr. Fauci predicted the coming months will remain difficult, with high caseloads and fatalities, particularly in areas where most people remain unvaccinated.


Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging the public and private sectors to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory, saying the move is key to getting the year-and-a-half long pandemic under control.

On Tuesday, the country’s leading doctor group pointed out that recent efforts to incentivize vaccinations by offering cash, prizes, scholarships and other perks have not achieved the high vaccination rates needed to tame the highly-contagious Delta variant and that mandates are the best way forward.


Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, believes COVID-19 vaccine requirements at businesses, schools and other institutions are an “absolutely reasonable” policy that will create “a safe environment” for all.

During an appearance Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Murthy encouraged all decision makers in the private sector and educational system to consider enacting such a rule, especially as the country continues to endure yet another wave of outbreaks.


AP News | Equities.com |

Anxiety in the United States over COVID-19 is at its highest level since winter, a new poll shows, as the delta variant rages, more states and school districts adopt mask and vaccination requirements and the nation’s hospitals once again fill to capacity.

The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds that majorities of American adults want vaccination mandates for those attending movies, sports, concerts and other crowded events; those traveling by airplane; and workers in hospitals, restaurants, stores and government offices.


Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) is offering $250 cash bonuses to employees who get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the year, though it is not requiring shots for now.

On Wednesday, Intel’s chief executive officer Pat Gelsinger urged the company’s 111,000 workers to get vaccinated, writing in a memo, “I’m a data guy and the data shows that vaccination is a critical element in ending this pandemic.”


Reuters | Equities.com |

p> The cities of San Francisco and New Orleans on Thursday ordered patrons to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to enter restaurants, gyms and other venues, joining New York in a severe step designed to contain the fast-spreading Delta variant.

The move by the two liberal cities came on the same day that school board members in Houston voted to support a mandate by the district superintendent to require students to wear masks in classrooms and on school buses.