Starbucks employees need to be vaccinated or tested weekly, the company says

Starbucks says its U.S. workers must be fully vaccinated by Feb. 9 or face a weekly COVID test requirement.

The Seattle-based coffee giant said Monday it acted in response to the Labor Inspectorate, which issued a vaccine-or-test requirement for companies with more than 100 employees in November.

The claim, which has faced several court challenges, was upheld last month by a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court is scheduled to consider the claim on Friday.

Starbucks requires its 228,000 U.S. employees to disclose their vaccination status by January 10th.

“I recognize that partners have a wide range of views on vaccinations, just like the rest of the country,” Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver said in a letter sent to employees in late December. “It is my and every manager’s responsibility to do what we can to help keep you safe and create the safest work environment possible.”

Starbucks said full vaccination means two shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If a Starbucks employee chooses to test weekly instead, they must pay the cost of testing themselves and be tested at a pharmacy, clinic, or other test site where someone observes the test. Religious or medical housing will be considered, but to work in a store, employees must test weekly, the company said.

Employees who test positive will be able to spend paid time isolating themselves. Starbucks said it currently offers employees two cases of paid isolation time, both up to five days each.

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