Several Large US Companies Quietly Rolling Back COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Several major U.S. companies are rescinding COVID-19 vaccination mandates but remain mum during the process, Axios reports.

Goldman Sachs lifted vaccination requirements everywhere but New York this week while JPMorgan & Chase Co. said in March it would resume hiring unvaccinated people. In June, Cisco stopped requiring vaccinations for “entering the office, traveling, attending events, or visiting customers, partners, and other third parties.”

“[Companies] decided that the justification for [mandates] had gotten weak enough that they didn’t want to continue,” Jeff Levin-Scherz, head of population health at Willis Towers Watson, told the outlet.

“At this point in the pandemic, the case for vaccination mandates is much weaker than it was in 2021,” said Dr. Leana Wen, professor of public health at George Washington University.

Last fall, the Biden administration ordered companies with 100 or more employees to require workers to get vaccinated or tested weekly, a directive the Supreme Court blocked in January of this year.

Instead, the High Court authorized a more limited mandate requiring healthcare workers in facilities receiving federal funds to be vaccinated.

The White House on Thursday called on businesses to take key steps to protect employees and customers, including helping their employees access updated COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring they know about COVID treatment options. -19 and how to access it and improving indoor air quality throughout their buildings.

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