List: Companies That Require Employee Coronavirus Vaccinations

The list of companies and government agencies that require coronavirus vaccinations for in-office employees continues to evolve. Moreover, many of those businesses will require contractors and consultants — including MSPs, IT consulting firms and cybersecurity providers — to show proof of covid-19 vaccination before permitting on-site office visits.

Among the developments: President Biden on September 9, 2021, announced the following vaccination mandates, as recapped by CNBC:

  • All Federal Employees Must Be Vaccinated: Biden announced a mandate that U.S. federal employees get a Covid vaccine, with no option for regular testing, and for health-care facilities that get Medicare and Medicaid funding to have staff fully vaccinated.
  • All Federal Government Contractors Must Be Vaccinated: Biden signed an executive order extending the vaccination requirement to contractors that work with the U.S. government, impacting a total of 2.1 million employees.
  • Vaccine and Testing Mandates for Employers With 100+ Employees: Biden said that he is asking the U.S. Department of Labor to issue a rule that requires employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or require weekly testing. The requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees.
  • Update – Supreme Court Ruling: However, the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies. The mandate, rejected by the Court, required workers at businesses with 100 or more employees get vaccinated or submit a negative Covid test weekly to enter the workplace. It also required unvaccinated workers to wear masks indoors at work. Source: CNBC, January 13, 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Employer Mandates: The Debate

Admittedly, requiring employees to be vaccinated has stirred debate. Those who favor the requirement often position it as a public health issue — especially as the highly contagious Delta variant rapidly spreads across the United States. Those who oppose the vaccination requirement often position it as a health, human rights, religious, or personal liberty concern — especially since the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not fully approved some of the covid-19 vaccines.

(Update: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.  Source: FDA, August 23, 2021.)

For those navigating customer engagements, business trips and employment considerations, below is a regularly updated list of companies that require employee vaccinations for covid-19. Also: Scroll down for a list of companies that say they won’t require vaccinations, and look further below for a list of businesses that have delayed their office re-openings amid the Delta variant’s spread. Send Us Updates: Which companies and organizations did we miss? Please email me the details: [email protected].

Companies, Businesses, and Organizations that Require Employee COVID-19 Vaccinations or Changed Policies

A Through C…

Amazon re:Invent 2021 Conference: All badge holders at re:Invent 2021 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to checking in at the event. Source: Amazon Web Services.


Apple: Apple will begin to force unvaccinated corporate employees to test for Covid-19 each time they want to enter an office, a move that tightens its virus protocols while still stopping short of a vaccine mandate. Source: Bloomberg, October 20, 2021.


AT&T: The company will require managers get vaccinated by October 11 to enter a work location, and AT&T will mandate face coverings for most employees nationwide. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2021.


BlackRock: Only vaccinated workers are allowed to return to the office. Source: CNN Business, August 4, 2021.


Blackstone: The company is requiring all U.S. staff to get a COVID-19 booster shots to work in the office. Source: Bloomberg, January 13, 2022.


Boeing: Multiple updates…

  • The aerospace giant will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors. Source: Reuters, October 12, 2021.
  • Boeing suspended a vaccination requirement for employees after a court blocked enforcement of an executive order by President Biden instructing federal contractors to impose such mandates. Source: The New York Times, December 17, 2021.

Boston (City of Massachusetts): All city employees need to be fully vaccinated, though the city’s mayor extended the mandate’s deadline twice. Source: NBC News 10, a local affiliate, January 23, 2022.


California: California is the first state to require all teachers and staff in K-12 public and private schools to get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. The new policy will affect the state’s 320,000 public school teachers, more than 250,000 support staff — from cafeteria employees to cleaners — and at least 80,000 private school employees, according to the California Department of Education and labor unions. It will also apply to school volunteers. Source: The Associated Press, August 11, 2021.


Canada: Multiple updates…

  • The Canadian government will soon require all air travelers and passengers on interprovincial trains to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Source: CNBC, August 13, 2021.
  • Canada will unveil plans on October 21, 2021, for a vaccine passport, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laying out how the proof-of-vaccination method will be implemented. Source: Vancouver Sun, October 21, 2021.

Chevron: The energy company has begun requiring some employees to receive Covid-19 vaccinations and is evaluating mandates throughout its entire workforce as the oil-and-gas industry contends with rising infections. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2021.


Cisco Systems: The networking company has required the limited number of employees working in its offices in July 2021 and August 2021 to be fully vaccinated, guidance it will likely extend into the fall as its offices reopen more broadly. Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2021.


Citigroup: Multiple updates…

  • The investment banking giant is requiring its workers to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before returning to the offie. A memo sent out to employees states the decision effects offices in major American cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York City. Sources: The Hill, Bloomberg, April 10, 2021.
  • Citigroup staff in the United States who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 14 will be placed on unpaid leave and fired at the end of January 2022 unless they are granted an exemption. Source: Reuters, January 7, 2022.

Cummins: The engineering company is piloting a return-to-office program with a fraction of employees and requiring those employees to be vaccinated. The company has not made a decision about vaccination requirements for their broader workforce when they return to offices. Source: Indy Star, August 12, 2021.


CVS Health Corp.: The health conglomerate mandated complete Covid-19 vaccination for its nurses, pharmacists and other employees who face patients. Source: Reuters, August 24, 2021.



D Through G…


Delta Air Lines: The airline will charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a policy the airline’s top executive says is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline $40,000. Source: The Associated Press, August 25, 2021.

Department of Defense: See U.S. Department of Defense further below.


Disney: See Walt Disney Co. further below…


Eli Lilly: The drug maker will require all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination by November 15, 2021. Source: Indy Star, August 12, 2021.


Facebook: Employees coming to work on any of its U.S. campuses would need to be vaccinated, though how the policy is implemented will depend on local regulations. In a statement, Lori Goler, a vice president of people at Facebook, said the company has a process for working with those who choose not to receive a vaccine for medical or other reasons. She added that the company will “be evaluating our approach in other regions as the situation evolves.” Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2021.


Ford Motor: The auto maker required U.S. salaried employees to be vaccinated by December 8, 2021 or possibly face unpaid leave.  The automaker sent out a message to Ford’s roughly 32,000 salaried employees about the mandate. Ford will consider religious and medical exemptions for employees who can’t get the vaccines. Source: CNBC, November 3, 2021.


General Electric: GE suspended its Covid vaccine and testing requirement after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s mandate. Source: CNBC, January 14, 2022.


Gilead Sciences Inc: The biopharmaceutical company will require all employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of October 1, 2021, where allowed by law and where vaccine supply is readily available. This includes all U.S. employees. Source: Gilead Sciences, August 9, 2021.


Goldman Sachs: Multiple updates…

  • The financial services company will require all people entering its offices to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Goldman said the new policy starts September 7, 2021, and applies to everybody, including employees and clients. Those who aren’t fully vaccinated by then will have to work from home. Source: CNBC, August 24, 2021.
  • Goldman Sachs will require employees and visitors to its U.S. offices receive booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine starting on February 1, 2022. And in January 2022, the bank will require staff to get tested twice weekly for COVID. Source: Reuters, December 27, 2021.

Google: CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in a note on July 28, 2021, that the Mountain View, Calif.-based company would begin requiring anyone on its U.S. campuses to be vaccinated in the coming weeks. Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2021.



H Through M…

The Hershey Company: Salaried employees at The Hershey Company who did not comply with the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate or receive an accommodation have been “separated from the company,” according to a Hershey spokesperson. Hershey announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for salary employees in August 2021 and the mandate went into effect on October 4, 2021. According to a spokesperson, a “small number” of salary employees were impacted by the policy. The company did not confirm the exact number of employees affected or where they were based. Source: WHTM, a local ABC News affiliate, February 3, 2022.


IBM: Multiple updates…

  • The technology company will allow only fully vaccinated U.S. employees to return to offices, which are set to open September 7, 2021. Source: Reuters, August 13, 2021.
  • IBM told U.S. employees this week that they must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Dec. 8 or face an unpaid suspension. Source: CNBC, October 7, 2021.

Indiana University: The Supreme Court refused to block Indiana University’s requirement that students be vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend classes in the fall 2021 semester. Source: NBC News, August 12, 2021.


Intel: Intel employees have until January 4 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or seek an exemption. Employees who remain unvaccinated or don’t get an exemption for religious or medical reasons will be on unpaid leave beginning in April 2022. Source: US News, December 21, 2021.


Los Angeles, California: The city if Los Angeles will require employees to get vaccinated or get tested. Source: Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2021.


McDonald’s: The fast-food giant told its corporate workforce that it is pushing back the reopening of its offices from September 7 to October 11, and staff to be fully vaccinated. Masks are required inside McDonald’s offices right now, regardless of vaccine status. The vaccine mandate doesn’t apply to McDonald’s restaurant-level workers. Source: CNBC, August 11, 2021.


Microsoft: The cloud and software giant will require proof of vaccination for all employees, vendors, and any guests entering Microsoft buildings in the United States, starting in September 2021. Source: The Seattle Times, August 3, 2021.


Military (U.S): See U.S. Department of Defense further below.


Morgan Stanley: Employees must get Covid-19 vaccines before returning to its New York offices. Staff were required to disclose their vaccination status to the bank by July 1, 2021. Starting July 12, 2021, employees, contingent workers, clients and visitors are required to confirm that they were vaccinated before entering Morgan Stanley buildings in New York City and Westchester County, New York. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2021.


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36 Comments

Comments

    Joseph Hurtado:

    What about companies that get contracted by hospitals such as Banner and state funded hospitals,

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Joseph: Thanks for your note. We’ll strive to cover such organizations as news surfaces. Most of our focus, admittedly, involves the tech industry and/or well-known corporate brands & large government organizations.

    For instance, our readership includes thousands of Microsoft partners — all of whom will now require vaccinations in order to visit Microsoft’s U.S. offices starting in September 2021.

    -jp

    Sam Greer:

    I was under the impression that our Constitution has stated a mandatory vaccine was not a reason for dismissal of employment. Does State override Federal law ?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Sam: Thanks for your note. If/when legal challenges to these mandates surface, ChannelE2E will be sure to cover/mention the legal cases.
    -jp

    Duane Kowalski:

    Start the lawsuits! It’s unconstitutional and you violate Hippa law if you ask about my medical history.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Duane: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces employment non-discrimination laws, said that asking about vaccine status or documentation doesn’t violate federal equal employment opportunity laws. Source: CNN, June 15, 2021.
    -jp

    Deb:

    I feel my rights are being violated and mandated against my will. My body – my choice. I agree there needs to be more legal rights. What good is the Hippa law if it doesn’t cover vaccine confidentiality?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Two points of clarification for readers:

    1. HIPAA has one P, and stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

    2. Here are HIPAA details pertaining to COVID-19 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

    -jp

    Deek Simmons:

    It’s hard to file a lawsuit when you’re laying on your back in the ICU.

    Judy:

    Thanks for list. I’ll make sure not a dime of my money will be spent at any of these places

    Mark Williams:

    My goodness. Some unbelievably backward views on this piece!
    Well played Joe in your handling of them.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hey Mark, Judy, Deek: We understand readers will have varying viewpoints. We will strive to share relevant data & updates as more information about these policies & legal rulings, etc., potentially emerge.

    Best,
    -jp

    Claude:

    Many if not most businesses seem to be mandating vaccinations for management, but not for the workers in the field who come into closer contact with the general public. Any explanations for this — apart from class warfare?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Claude: Some businesses are mandating management vaccinations, but I haven’t seen data or research that says “most” businesses are taking that step. So far, our list of companies mandating vaccinations for some or all employees is pretty limited. In terms of the field workers, in some cases businesses are still negotiating with employee unions to sort out potential vaccination mandate terms.
    -jp

    Jamie:

    It’s strange that no national boycott of these businesses has emerged. Are people being systematically silenced? It’s one of the few peaceful options we have left, and the vote with our dollars is the only vote we have left too.

    Sage Walker:

    Thank you for the list. Those of us who are not “science deniers” appreciate finding safe places to do business.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Sage: Our content goal is not to create “us vs. them” debates. Rather, the list above is designed to help IT service providers as they (A) weigh their own policies and (B) effectively plan & navigate on-site customer visits.

    Best,
    -jp

    Kim:

    Add Macy’s. Macy’s is requiring all workers to be vaccinated. or tested every week by January 16 2022. The employees that are tested weekly, and catch covid they will not have paid leave. The vaccinated will have paid leave. Warehouse workers can not afford not to be paid if, and when the catch covid. Thankyou for the list I will not give a dime to these companies including Macy’s, and will be letting my friends/ family know not to purchase from these companies wether they chose to have the vaccine, or not. People should have the right to choose, and they should be treated equally if they decide not to be vaccinated.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Kim: To the best of our knowledge, the Macy’s policy is yet to be publicly announced. However, we are aware of The New York Times report about the apparent policy.
    -jp

    Kathy Duffell:

    Is JCPenny’s required their employees to get vaccinated?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Kathy: We are not aware of JCPenney’s vaccination policy and potential implications (if any) for IT partners that support the company. Their overall COVID-19 safety strategy is outlined here.
    -jp

    Kathy Duffell:

    Thank you

    Ivierc:

    I am banning all dealings with any company that pushes this unconstitutional demand. Thank you for the list.

    Cc:

    Thanks for the list. I will make sure my family and friends nolonger support these companies too. I also agree that we should start boycotting them! It’s terrible how they are making people choose old vaccines for the wild virus over their livelihoods. If it means hurting businesses that are forcing vaccine mandates when the Supreme Court knocked down Biden’s sweeping mandates, I’m all for boycotting these businesses and anymore that enforce medical procedures on employees!! Thanks for the list. People check out the Fortune 100 companies we can boycott too. At least 1/3 of them could be boycott. Got to start boycotting all the media stations too that have forced vaccine mandates. The Supreme Court finally gave us a win so lets keep going with it!

    Darrion:

    Nice, a list of companies for me and my family to boycott

    Kim:

    Hi there – it was my understanding that General Electric is under vaccine mandate, but is allowing religious exception (I used to work there and have many friends that still work there that have confirmed this).

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Kim: GE ended the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on January 14, 2022, after the Supreme Court Ruling, according to CNBC. Our report above is updated to reflect that information.
    -jp

    Steve:

    Hershey should be added to list. They have fired salaried workers at corporate offices. They have not required salaried workers at the manufacturing plants and chocolate world to get the shots. It sounds like this virus is able to distinguish between employees that would immediately effect the bottom line

    Kenneth Corb:

    Add boston the list if cities that have a vaccine mandate.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Steve, Kenneth and a reader who emailed me: Per your notes, we’ve updated the list to reflect vaccination requirements involving the City of Boston (Mass.), Ford Motor and Hershey.

    Readers: As a reminder — we launched the list above to help CXOs consider potential paths forward with their own vaccination policies (if any), and to help MSPs/IT solutions providers understand how they may need to navigate on-premises visits and meetings at specific customer & business sites. Thank you for keeping the comment section focused on specific company policies.

    Best,
    -jp

    Hector:

    why are you not covering insurance companies?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hector: If there are specific insurance companies and associated vaccination policies you’d like us to investigate, please let me know. -jp

    Novus Ordo Seclorum:

    Are these companies giving their employees the “Informed Consent” form to fill out as required by the FDA Act regarding EUA products?

    If not, on which legal basis do they violate the FDA Act and the Nuremberg Codes?

    PDFortney:

    Joe Panettieri
    Looking for a list of companies not requiring the Vax for employment. Is there anyone in your industry compiling such a list?

    Joe Panettieri:

    I’m not aware of such a list. But I will keep my eyes and ears open.

    Best,
    -jp

    mirada:

    Is there a new update to this report? Do these company still require vaccines on year after they mandated it?

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