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Pfizer to require U.S. workers receive COVID-19 vaccine or regular tests

Sports & GeneralAug 04, 2021 04:30PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A person walks past a Pfizer logo amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

By Michael Erman

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Pfizer Inc, the U.S. drugmaker that developed a COVID-19 vaccine with German partner BioNTech, said on Wednesday it will require all its U.S. employees and contractors to become vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) spokesperson Pamela Eisele said the company was taking the initiative in order to "to protect the health and safety of our colleagues and the communities we serve." Employees with medical conditions or religious objections can seek accommodations.

Outside of the United States, Pfizer will strongly encourage employees who are able be vaccinated in their countries to do so, Eisele said.

At the end of 2020, Pfizer had around 29,400 U.S-based employees.

With U.S. coronavirus cases rising sharply again due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, companies like Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc and Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) Inc have started putting vaccine mandates in place for their employees.

As of Tuesday, 70.1% of U.S. adults had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pfizer to require U.S. workers receive COVID-19 vaccine or regular tests
 

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Anthony Cloud
Anthony Cloud Aug 04, 2021 5:53PM ET
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A family member who works at pfizer was told by management not to get a covid vaccine, even their own, and did not recommend it to anyone.
 
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