- Ford Becomes First US Automaker to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine
by Will Feuer, https://nypost.com/
Ford has become the first major US automaker to announce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for most of its staff, joining a slew of other major companies that have already done so. The automaker told its roughly 32,000 salaried employees about the mandate in a staff-wide note on Tuesday, giving workers until Dec. 8 to be fully vaccinated, CNBC reported.
The company will consider religious and medical exemptions for employees, a Ford spokesperson said. But employees who refuse to get vaccinated and don’t have an approved religious or medical exemption could be put on unpaid leave for a maximum of 30 days. After that, they could be terminated, according to the spokesperson.
“The health and safety of our workforce remains our top priority and we have been very encouraged by the support of our employees to comply with our protocols, including the more than 84-percent of U.S. salaried employees who are already vaccinated,” a spokesperson told CNBC.