CVS Health and oil and gas giant Chevron said Monday they would impose coronavirus vaccines on some employees, joining other large companies that are placing similar demands on office workers.
CVS pharmacists will have until Nov. 30 to be fully immunized, while other employees who interact with patients and all company staff have until Oct. 31 to comply. The tenure will affect around 100,000 employees, CVS said.
Chevron said its mandate extends to employees traveling overseas and expatriates, as well as offshore workforces in the Gulf of Mexico and some onshore support personnel, the company said on Monday. company. Chevron is the second largest producer of oil and gas in the United States after Exxon Mobil. He said Gulf of Mexico workers should be vaccinated by November 1, but he did not release a schedule for other workers.
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older, a move that should pave the way for many more mandates. New York City said Monday it would require every employee of the city’s Department of Education – 148,000 people – to be vaccinated, and the Pentagon will require 1.3 million active duty soldiers to receive the vaccine. at the latest ”in the middle of next month. .
President Biden urged business leaders on Monday to consider vaccine mandates. “Demand that your employees get vaccinated or be subject to strict requirements” such as frequent testing, he said.
United Airlines recently announced that its employees would be required to show proof of vaccination within five weeks of regulatory approval.
Chevron was the first major US oil producer to announce a requirement. “As part of our fitness for duty safety standard, workers in certain jobs must be vaccinated against Covid-19,” a Chevron spokeswoman said in an email. “We will continue to carefully monitor medical data and follow guidelines from health authorities to protect our workforce. “
Exxon Mobil does not have a formal vaccine mandate, but the company strongly encourages workers to get vaccinated. A spokesperson for the company, Casey Norton, said in a statement that Exxon is monitoring public health guidelines.
“Given the spread of the Delta variant and its impact on unvaccinated people, all unvaccinated people should wear a face cover in all indoor locations when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained,” a he declared. This policy came into effect on August 18.
Like Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell encourages vaccination among its employees, but it is not mandatory. Employees must comply with local laws requiring vaccination to enter public places or to enter countries.
News of Chevron’s tenure was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal.
Stanley reed contributed reports.