McDonald's to require U.S. employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus


Aug 11 - McDonald's Corp will require its U.S. based office workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and will delay the return of employees to its offices until at least October, the fast-food giant said on Wednesday.

The company joined NBCUniversal and New York Stock Exchange to adopt a vaccination policy on Wednesday as a result of the resurgence of COVID cases in the United States due to the Delta variant.

In recent weeks, major companies including Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Uber Technologies Inc and Facebook Inc said all employees must get vaccinated to step into offices after new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that requires fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks.

McDonald's said in an internal note obtained by Reuters that McDonald's was reworking the back office to Oct. 11 from Sept. 7 to allow employees time to get vaccined.

The company said the vaccination requirement does not apply to employees of McDonald's restaurants, whether corporate owned and franchised.

The New York Stock Exchange said it would require anyone accessing its floor at 11 Wall Street to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Sep. 13, according to a memo published by Reuters to the area community.

NBCUniversal will require U.S. based employees returning to its office to be fully vaccinated, the Comcast Corp-owned media company said, adding that the company will require employees to provide vaccine status details.

The company also said it was delaying its large-scale return to no sooner than Oct. 18.