Walmart and Disney Impose Vaccination Mandates on Employees

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An employee puts up a price sign at a Walmart store in Chicago, Ill., in 2016. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)

Walmart and Disney, two of the largest private employers in the United States, imposed COVID vaccine mandates on their employees Friday.

The superstore’s requirement applies to home-office associates, as well as market, regional, and divisional workers, who have a deadline of October 4 to receive the shot, according to a memo obtained by CNBC.

“We want to get to a place where we can use our offices and be together safely,” Walmart chief executive Doug McMillon wrote in the memo. “It’s important for our business, our culture, our speed and our innovation.”

Disney’s directive applies to all salaried and nonunion hourly employees, who are obligated to get both doses in the next 60 days if they are still unvaccinated, according to a company statement acquired by CNN Business. Staff members still working remotely must show verification of vaccination before they come back to the office.

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After the CDC released its mask guidance update Tuesday, Walmart reinstated its mask requirement for workers at its stores, distribution facilities, and warehouses, regardless of vaccination status, in regions of the country with high transmission rates. The CDC direction, which recommended that some vaccinated individuals resume mask-wearing, came in response to the new wave of the COVID Delta variant spreading across the United States.

While the vaccine mandate currently excludes frontline workers, Walmart recently increased the monetary incentive for its non-management-level employees to get inoculated from $75 to $150. The company hopes the managerial vaccinations will encourage the lower-level staff, who make up the bulk of Walmart’s workforce, to follow their example. In May, the company relaxed its mask rules for shoppers and customers, making it optional to wear one.

“We’re hoping that will influence even more of our frontline associates to become vaccinated,” Walmart spokesman Scott Pope told the Associated Press.

Like Walmart’s corporate headquarters and Disney, some sectors and companies have announced vaccinated-only zones in their office buildings, while allowing the unvaccinated to work from home in some cases. Other establishments such as the Houston Methodist hospital system, where workers don’t have the option to transition to a remote setting, have made vaccination a condition of employment, suspending or terminating those who don’t comply.

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11 Comments

  1. Only one thing will change this, and that is if people leave in droves and these two go begging for replacement employees.

  2. I believe the decision on getting the vaccine is a very personal decision and no one should be forced into it against their will. As to the liability side of the issue, Congress and President Trump exempted the pharmaceutical companies from any liability for the possible unintended consequences of the vaccine. No such exemption is stated or implied as to third parties such as employers, schools and other entities and can be sued by anyone, or by their surviving families, if a person who is coerced into being vaccinated dies or has other debilitating effects of the vaccine. Not only that, requiring the vaccine nullifies the argument that women make about “my body, my choice” regarding abortion. They cannot “have their cake and eat it too”.

    1. im not a lawyer but my belief is no leg to stand on because it isnt rquired by law to work at neither place. they can go work somewhere else. just my opinion but ii hope you are right and im wrong because i believe govt is going to start coercimg private companies to require this poison.

      1. A person cannot be required as a condition of employment to do to to not do a certain personal thing. For example, a company cannot require all women they hire to have an abortion if they become pregnant or require all men they hire to be sterilized.

  3. maybe all the left wing loonies will get the jabs and prove to us “trumpies” that its safe. i think the govt should pay them to take the shots

  4. No person or entity can force or mandate vaccination or participation in a medical experiment.
    They are guilty of violating the world acceptance of these codes and the mandatory punishment for violating them.

    The ten points of the code were given in the section of the judges’ verdict entitled “Permissible Medical Experiments”:[6]

    The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.[13]
    The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.
    The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study that the anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment.
    The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury.
    No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.
    The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.
    Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury, disability, or death.
    The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons. The highest degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of the experiment of those who conduct or engage in the experiment.
    During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.
    During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required of him that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.

  5. Does this sound like Nazi
    Germany when all Jews had to ware an arm band indicating they were Jews. Guess what America. We are headed for civil war. Real Americans against Nazi Demon-rats. And that is what they want. Then they can enslave and control us.

  6. They can’t even prove there is a delta variant. As far as we know they are making this up like much of the other garbage they are trying to feed us. Just like last week we find out the nasal swabs could not tell the difference between covid and the flu and a cold. How many were told they had covid and really didn’t. Make people afraid so they surrender. Lie is what they do.

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