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Why do US companies want their employees to get Covid-19?

Come on. At the request of companies, the vaccine mandate will come into effect a month later than previously planned, on January 4. Shoppers will not only celebrate Christmas (December 25), but also Boxing Day (December 26), Hanukkah (November 28 to December). 6), Kwanzaa (December 26 to January 1), New Year’s Eve (December 31), New Year’s Day (January 1) and the Feast of the Circumcision (January 1). Some Eastern Orthodox Christians may not be finished shopping because they celebrate Christmas on January 7. But I suspect that even they did most of their shopping before January 1, when the big sale ends after Christmas.

Granted, some parts of the ETS will come into effect before January 4. But these are tiny and mostly consist of measures any sane retailer imposed long ago. For example, by December 5, all unvaccinated employees who report to a workplace must be masked. But in every store I visit, all employees and all customers already should be masked, vaccinated or not. By December 5, employers must begin giving their non-vaxxed employees paid time off to become vaxxed. But at this late date, that would require at most two quick trips to a drugstore. By December 5 at the latest, employers must share information with employees about the ETS and about the efficacy of the vaccines. But that information is easy to download from the federal government. Here’s a fact sheet on the ETS, and here’s a webinar. Here’s a fact sheet on the efficacy of the vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Do I have to do everything?

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents larger retailers such as Target and Best Buy and the Gap, admits that “the mandate for private employers technically starts after the holidays.” But “the planning time to design and execute the mandate comes during the busiest part of the shopping season.” And then? Store clerks do not design and implement company-wide policies. That’s what the suits do at company headquarters. What the RILA may mean is that the executive suites will empty around November 15 for the holidays. If so, then so be it. It is called a temporary emergency standard because we are in an emergency situation. More than 1,000 people still die from Covid-19 every day. Cabo will have to wait.