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Starbucks in the U.S. put COVID-19 ultimatum for its workers- either get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing

Starbucks in the U.S. put COVID-19 ultimatum for its workers- either get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing

January 5 - 2022 Coffee Geography Magazine

Starbucks announced to its employees in the U.S that they will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing to comply with new federal mandates. As the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads quickly throughout the United States, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set a new date of Feb. 9 for large employers to require either full vaccination or weekly testing.

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The company is not expecting wide closures of its shops due to the new variant  unlike in the previous instance when it forced the coffee chain to temporarily shut at least half of its U.S. stores and convert remaining locations to drive-thru and carry-out only.

The explosion of new cases has already delayed the start of some schools and causing major disruptions at airlines.

The multi-national coffee company has close to 220,000 U.S. employees which need to abide by the new compulsory rule by presenting their vaccination status according to a letter from Chief Operating Officer John Culver sent to employees on Dec. 27 and repeated in a weekly update on Monday.

There is an option for workers to choose not to get vaccinated rather they need to be tested weekly instead and are responsible for acquiring their own OSHA-approved tests and submitting results.