IBM mandates all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8

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Oct 7 (Businesshala) – IBM (IBM.N) said on Thursday that all US employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, or they will face unpaid suspensions.

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This comes in light of US President Joe Biden’s mandate last month, ordering all federal workers and contractors to be vaccinated with a few exceptions, and asking private employers with 100 or more workers to vaccinate or test employees weekly. is required. .

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IBM, a federal contractor, has thousands of US employees.

IBM previously said it would allow only fully vaccinated US employees to return to offices. However, the new policy applies to all US employees, even those working from home. Some, however, may claim exemption from the rule on medical and religious grounds.

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With the resurgence of cases due to the delta version of the coronavirus, major tech companies including Facebook Inc (FB.O), Google (GOOGL.O) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) have also made vaccination mandatory for employees.

Reporting by Chavi Mehta and Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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