Portland, Oregon 2021-07-30 15:07:59 –
Bentonville, ArkansasKNWA / KFTA) — Wal-Mart announced in a memo that employees working at multiple facilities and employees at their campus offices would need to be vaccinated by October 4.
“We will require all market, region and department employees and all campus office employees working in multiple facilities to be vaccinated by October 4, unless approved exceptions. We have made a decision, which includes all new employees, “Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon said in a memo sent to KNWA.
On Friday, Wal-Mart also demanded that peers, including fully vaccinated people, wear masks at the store.
Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailers are following recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week. Authorities announced on Tuesday that even vaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors in some parts of the United States where the coronavirus is rampant.
Wal-Mart states that the return to mask requirements is due to “concerns about the level of infection of delta variants of the coronavirus.” The company withdrew its customer’s mask requirements 11 weeks ago.
At COVID hotspots where masks are obligatory, employees in in-house facilities such as stores, clubs, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and campus offices need masks.
Wal-Mart said it doubled the incentives for associates to vaccinate by paying associates $ 75- $ 150 to get more people vaccinated.
“This includes new companions on the first day of these roles at Wal-Mart, even if they were vaccinated a few months ago,” the company said.Associates who have already received $ 75 will receive an additional $ 75.. The incentive program will run until October 4th.
According to Wal-Mart, employees take two hours of paid leave to take a shot. The company also offers up to three days of paid leave for possible side effects on the vaccine. Its COVID-19 vacation policy is still in place.
“As a country, vaccination options have been available for months, but unfortunately so many people have chosen not to receive them, so we are more vulnerable to variants of ourselves. I left it, “the company said. “It is important to take the necessary steps to keep ourselves and our community safe.”
Wal-Mart recommends that these employees begin the vaccination process as soon as possible, as it takes two weeks from the last dose to full vaccination.
More information is available to employees about vaccination requirements and procedures for checking vaccination status.
“We want to go to an office where we can safely spend time together, which is important to our business, culture, speed and innovation,” the company said. “As you know, after Labor Day, I gradually returned to the office space with the idea of approaching pre-pandemic levels. Later, I would like to continue to monitor the situation and adjust its timeline. I will judge. “
McMillon also states in a memo that business trips to stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers are permitted.
“But travel should be limited to business-critical travel, and employees should continue to look for ways to effectively attend supplier meetings and meetings,” he said.
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