Large US companies have already begun to demand the COVID-19 vaccine from their workers.

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There are about 100,000 infections a day in the United States. The vaccine mandates are already beginning to land in the private sector.

Large companies in the United States begin to require their workers the vaccine against the coronavirus, in some cases, moving from an incentive to a mandatory nature given the increase in cases that threatens to hinder their reopening.

Harassed by the increase in coronavirus cases in the country, where there are already about 100,000 daily infections, Many companies are implementing vaccination policies for their employees following the example of the federal government and other state and local.

Public employees and health workers in states like New York have been the first to receive requirements for a virus vaccine or weekly tests. Now those mandates are reaching the private sector, which has avoided imposing measures of this type for months.

With half of the American population fully vaccinated, more than 90 million eligible people have not received a puncture. Time is running out with the spread of more communicable variants that could circumvent the effectiveness of available preparations.

An expert on the subject, former US ambassador Neil Parsan, director of the firm Parsan Cross Global Strategic Advisors and advisor to several international organizations, said in statements to the EFE agency that the orders "will positively impact vaccination rates.".

"The orders to get vaccinated are legal, ethical, and effective. They save lives. It can be difficult to order them federally. Still, the private sector can do it since there is precedent," explained Parsan, who considered them the best way to reach" apathetic "people.

Among the strictest companies is the airline United Airlines, which last week ordered its staff of 67,000 workers in the US to provide proof of complete immunization at the latest by the end of October, with exceptions for health or religion.

Similarly, the meat processor Tyson Foods, with 120,000 employees and less than 50% immunized after months of effort, has also told its workers that they must be vaccinated before November 1 as a "condition of employment."

Most corporations have been more flexible so far. They only require the vaccine to be a part of their workforce, generally, those who go to the office, opting for incentives, from bonuses or days off, something that experts continue to consider important.

For example, the department store chain Walmart, the largest employer in the US with 1.5 million employees, requires it only for those who go to its corporate offices but not for workers in its stores.

Some big banks, including JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley, have needed vaccines to get to the office. Still, there are different approaches for those who do not want to be identified. , Allowing them to enter wearing masks so that they can be brought to distant work.

The risk of being fired if it is not proven that you have the COVID vaccine raises a debate that has already moved to the legal sphere in some cases. The most notable case is the complaint filed by more than a hundred workers against Houston Methodist Hospital.

The court gave reason to the hospital for requiring the vaccine from its workers, who argued that the available preparations do not yet have the full authorization of the regulators. Still, an emergency authorization and doubted their safety. That final green light could come in early September for Pfizer-BioNTech and later for Moderna, the manufacturers of the most widely distributed vaccines in the North American nation, so that from then on, more companies will likely impose orders on their workforce.

According to what happened last week, the first consequences of these "zero tolerance" policies are also beginning to be seen, with the firing of three CNN employees who came to the office without a COVID-19 vaccine.

Parsan acknowledged a certain skepticism between medical or religious arguments, so he advocated educating the population as much as possible about facts and science and later considered it important to deal with misinformation.

Many companies are also begging for reopening. It is a balance between life and lifestyle. He added that the state should be allowed to move from public oversight to the private sector with additional responsibility, which takes a lot of responsibility for its staff and customers.