Starbucks Orders Sudden Vaccine Mandates

Starbucks Orders Sudden Vaccine Mandates

( – Coffee giant Starbuck has hit all its US employees with a vaccine mandate – and given them barely a month to comply.

On January 3, Starbucks announced its employees in the US will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by February 9. Those who don’t comply will need to submit to weekly coronavirus tests. According to Starbucks, they need to comply with President Biden’s federal vaccine mandates, which is being enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). After legal delays, OSHA has decreed “large employers” have to be compliant with the mandate by February 9.

Starbucks employs around 220,000 people in the US, and CEO John Culver has ordered them all to report their vaccination status by January 10. That leaves any who aren’t vaccinated with just 30 days to get the shots – or face constant invasive testing. Some states require the employer to bear the cost of testing.

Not everyone is meekly accepting the federal mandate. The Supreme Court is due to hear arguments against the rule on January 7, along with a challenge to Biden’s mandate for healthcare workers.

The federal directive’s testing provision does give a way out for employees who don’t want the vaccine, but should companies really be put in the position of coercing their staff into one or the other? There’s plenty of evidence COVID vaccines don’t actually prevent people from catching or passing on the disease; surely people should be left to make their own decisions.

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