Sumary of UPDATE 1-Fed mandates COVID-19 shots for all employees:
- 30, a spokesperson for the U.S. central bank told Reuters on Wednesday.
- Louis, San Francisco, Chicago, Richmond, Cleveland, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas City all separately told their employees last month they would be subject to a vaccine mandate.
- The Fed Board employs about 2,900.The requirement is necessary to protect workforce health and “ensure we’re able to serve the needs of our constituents and do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19 and the formation of new variants within the communities we serve,” a Dallas Fed spokesman told Reuters.
- Most federal employees will also be subject to a new vaccine mandate by Nov.
- Some Republican governors – including those in the Atlanta, Kansas City and Dallas Fed districts – oppose vaccine requirements and have vowed to fight them, citing freedom of choice or other concerns.
- 1 about one in five U.S. companies had a vaccine mandate, a Reuters poll found.
- U.S. central bankers argue that vaccination is the key to economic recovery, linking labor market recovery in particular to COVID-19 vaccine uptake.