ford says it will require most of its salaried employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with the Biden administration’s December 8 deadline for federal contractors.
This means around 32,000 people will be under the same leadership, and Ford says around 84% of its current employees are vaccinated. Reuters received a statement from Ford on the matter.
“The health and safety of our workforce remains our top priority and we have been greatly encouraged by the support of our employees to comply with our protocols, including 84% of US employees already vaccinated,” said Ford. “As we continue to put measures in place to protect our team, Ford will now require most US employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 31st. 8, which also aligns with federal contractor guidelines “.
You may notice that Ford includes the warning of “most US salaried employees”. This is because it is not sure whether every last employee will still need to be vaccinated. According to the Reuters report, Ford is still evaluating its policy for manufacturing sites, parts depots and Ford Credit.
Those who do not respect the vaccination mandate will be placed on unpaid leave for 30 days. What will come next is not yet clear.
Detroit’s Big Three Automakers – General Motors, Ford and Stellantis – said last month that they would impose vaccines for autox workers in Canada.
Stellantis said Wednesday that he was “continuing to monitor the situation and, in conjunction with the (United Auto Workers trade union), evaluating further actions to be taken in the best interest of workers’ health and safety “.
GM did not comment immediately Wednesday.
Material from Reuters was used in this report.