Delaware companies trade before the Biden vaccination mandate

Several Delaware companies are preparing to return employees to their offices now that a large majority of adults here have been vaccinated and Biden’s vaccination mandate for large companies is taking shape.

The Biden administration’s requirement that employees of companies with 100 or more workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly for the disease is set to take effect on January 4, if challenges from Republican-led states do not prevail.

In the month and a half since Biden announced its intention to issue the mandate, several of Delaware’s largest employers have already introduced their own rules, many with the goal of returning their staff to personal work.

Among the companies that have mandated employees to be vaccinated are Citi, Amtrak and the Wilmington area pharmaceutical manufacturer Incyte. Other companies, such as JPMorgan Chase and AstraZeneca, have testing capabilities.

The federal mandate is aimed at increasing vaccination rates nationwide and giving workers the opportunity to return to personal work to keep businesses open, Biden said, noting that he wishes the rule was not necessary. His administration also requires that health care professionals at facilities funded by Medicare or Medicaid be vaccinated by January 4th.

President Joe Biden waves as he and First Lady Jill Biden board Marine One at Gordon's Pond in Rehoboth Beach on Monday, November 8, 2021, on their way to Washington days after announcing the details of his large-scale vaccination or test mandate.

As it is currently structured, the mandate will be enforced by the Danish Working Environment Authority through employee complaints and occasional personal random checks. The rules do not require employers to provide testing.

It is not clear to what extent the new rules will affect Delaware.

About 245,000 people are employed by the 550 Delaware companies with more than 100 workers, according to data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages provided by the Delaware Department of Labor in September.

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