U.S. bank Citigroup to lay off unvaccinated employees this month

This photo taken on February 8, 2021 shows the logo display panel at a Citibank branch as seen in New York’s financial district on February 8, 2021. (File photo by AFP)

A Wall Street company, Citigroup, has threatened its staff in the United States who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 that they will be laid off this month.

All company staff, who have not been vaccinated by January 14, will be placed on unpaid leave and dismissed at the end of the month, unless they are granted an exemption for religious reasons. or medical, according to a note from the company seen by Reuters. Friday.

The large U.S. banking and investment firm announced plans to impose new vaccination rules in October and is now the first major Wall Street institution to implement what the media is calling the “no jab, no working “.

US tech giant Google is another major US company that has ordered its staff in the United States to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-January or face a pay cut and ultimately the loss of their jobs.

Media reported that Google employees were told they had to report their immunization status and upload proof of it, or request a medical or religious exemption, by December 3.

After the Jan. 18 deadline, Google would begin placing unvaccinated employees on “paid administrative leave” for 30 days, followed by six months of “unpaid personal leave”. In the last step, the employee would be made redundant.

US President Joe Biden announced the government’s mandatory vaccination policy targeting healthcare workers, federal employees and large corporations in September.

Vaccination has become a matter of division in the United States, as well as in many countries around the world.

Some individual rights groups are fiercely opposed to mandatory vaccines imposed by governments and companies under the guise of seeking public welfare.


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