Walmart to require some associates to be vaccinated by October 4

Northwest Arkansas News

A man and child wearing facemasks walk in front of a Walmart store in Washington, DC on July 15, 2020. – Walmart will require shoppers to wear face masks starting next week, the US retail giant announced on July 15, joining an increasing number of businesses in mandating the protection amid the latest spike in coronavirus cases. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — In a memo sent to KNWA/FOX24, Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon announced that associates who work in multiple facilities and campus office associates will need to be vaccinated by October 4.

The memo states, “we have made this decision to require all market, regional and divisional associates who work in multiple facilities and all campus office associates to be vaccinated by October 4, unless they have an approved exception. This includes all new hires.”

According to a Walmart spokesperson, this applies to home office and management level associates that travel within the United States. It does not apply to associates that work in stores, clubs, fulfillment centers and distribution centers.

On Friday, Walmart required associates, including those fully vaccinated, to wear masks in its stores.

Walmart encourages those associates to begin the vaccination process soon since it takes two weeks after the final dose to be fully vaccinated.

More information will be released later to associates on vaccination requirements and the steps to verify vaccination status.

Our offices remain open with safety measures in place, and we will continue with our phased approach and only allow limited capacity for now. We want to get to a place where we can use our offices and be together safely. It’s important for our business, our culture, our speed and our innovation. As you know we have been gradually coming back into our office spaces with the idea of being closer to pre-pandemic levels after Labor Day. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and determine later if that timeline needs to be adjusted.

President and CEO Doug McMillon in a memo to associates

McMillon also says in the memo that business travel to stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers is allowed. However, travel should be limited to business-critical trips only and associates should continue to look for ways to participate in supplier meetings and conferences virtually.

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