Citigroup sticks to its Covid-19 vaccine mandate while GE drops its rules

Citigroup Inc.

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agrees with his Vaccine against covid-19 mandate to its American workers.

General Electric Co.

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is not.

The two American companies are going in different directions The Supreme Court blocked Thursday The Biden administration’s rule that large employers require their employees to receive vaccines or undergo tests.

Citigroup, which has about 65,000 employees in the United States, said it had reached 99% compliance a day before a January 14 deadline that the bank had set for U.S. workers to be vaccinated or request housing for medical or religious reasons. .

“Our goal has always been to keep everyone on Citi, and we sincerely hope that all of our colleagues take action to comply,” Sara Wechter, the company’s chief of staff, said in a LinkedIn post Thursday following the district court’s decision.

That bank previously told employees anyone still unvaccinated would be put on unpaid leave, according to people familiar with the matter. Their employment would end on January 31, the people said. On Saturday, after a wave of last-minute vaccinations, about 150 employees were put on leave, one of the people said. They can keep their job if they comply with it before the end of the month.

General Electric suspended its remaining Covid-19 vaccine claims.


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Citigroup and GE announced vaccine requirements for US staff in October after the Biden administration said large employers and public contractors would be required to enforce vaccination mandates. Both companies consider the US government an important customer.

At the beginning of 2021, GE had about 56,000 employees in the United States. It initially told them they needed to be vaccinated or seek a religious or medical residence in early December. It suspended this policy in December following a lawsuit, temporarily blocked the rule for federal contractors.

The manufacturer still required U.S. employees to show proof of vaccination or undergo testing under the White House mandate for companies with more than 100 workers until the Supreme Court blocked that policy on Thursday.

GE on Friday suspended its remaining Covid-19 vaccine claims, a spokeswoman said. The company said most of the U.S. employees have been vaccinated and that it was on track to comply with the federal Contractor Order before the court ban.

Write to Thomas Gryta at thomas.gryta@wsj.com and David Benoit at david.benoit@wsj.com

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