Aug. 3, 2021 -- Days after President Joe Biden urged private companies to get their employees vaccinated, Walmart and Walt Disney Co. joined the list of corporations issuing COVID vaccination mandates for workers.
Walmart says all employees at headquarters and managers who travel within the United States must be vaccinated by early October. Frontline store and warehouse workers are not required to do so.
While managers under the requirement represent a fraction of the 1.5 million Walmart employees, the company hopes they’ll be role models and lead others to take the vaccine.
“We’re hoping that will influence even more of our frontline associates to become vaccinated,” Walmart spokesman Scott Pope said, according to NBC News.
“As we all know, the pandemic is not over, and the Delta variant has led to an increase in infection rates across much of the U.S. Given this, we have made the decision to require all market, regional and divisional associates who work in multiple facilities and all campus office associates to be vaccinated by Oct. 4, unless they have an approved exception. This includes all new hires,” Walmart said in a news release.
Walmart is also doubling the incentive to unvaccinated employees from $75 to $150, NBC News said. Workers who already have been vaccinated will receive another $75 in a coming paycheck.
Disney will require all salaried and non-union hourly employees and new hires in the United States to get vaccinated in the next 60 days, NBC News said.
The company said in a news release that “based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated."
Disney had about 170,000 employees worldwide as of April 3, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Google and Facebook announced last week that employees are required to be vaccinated, NBC News reported.
The Biden administration revved up its vaccine campaign last week by announcing that federal employees should get vaccinated or expect to face weekly testing as well as other inconveniences, such as being required to wear a mask at all times.