Vaccinations mandates are a hot topic in the United States. While most health officials encourage the population to get the vaccine, it is difficult to agree whether a workplace should be allowed to make vaccinations mandatory for its employee. In the case of the White House, the staff will not be required to get the shots against COVID-19. Nonetheless, those who choose not to get the vaccine will have to take regular tests to see whether they are infected with the virus or not.
Back in July, the White House announced that “every federal government employee and onsite contractor will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. ”According to the announcement, those who cannot prove that they are fully vaccinated would have to wear a mask, regardless of the place where they are. More than that, they have to socially distance themselves from other employees and get tested once or twice per week.
In the case of other important organizations, vaccine mandates do not exist, although some intend to implement them soon, while others have strict requirements for those who are not vaccinated. For instance, in the case of the Pfizer company, regular testing is required for non-vaccinated employees on a weekly basis. The World Health Organization also decided not to make the vaccine mandatory, although it is “strongly encouraged.” For Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, the situation is a bit different. While the vaccine is not mandatory yet, the two companies will require their employees to get vaccinated by the beginning of October. The deadline for Moderna is October 1st, while Johnson & Johnson will make vaccines a requirement starting October 4th. Both companies will consider individual exceptions for persons that cannot take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons.