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January 14, 2022

Blackstone tells US employees to get Covid-19 boosters to work from office

By Verdict Staff

Alternative asset manager Blackstone has asked its US workforce to get Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to operate from office, reported Bloomberg.

The company has directed its employees to get the booster jabs ‘as soon as practically possible’, a Blackstone spokeswoman told the news agency.

Blackstone employees, who are working in the office, are also required to get tested on-site for Covid-19 weekly three times.

The bank, which was initially planning to open its offices next week, recently postponed its return to office plan to the end of this month owing to a recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the US.

Besides Blackstone, a raft of other Wall Street banks and companies have now made Covid-19 vaccination and booster shots mandatory for their workforce to return to office.

Last month, Goldman Sachs also informed its staff to get the booster shots in line with its return-to-office strategy.

In August last year, the US investment giant had made it mandatory for its clients and employees entering its US offices to be fully vaccinated.

This month, Bloomberg reported that Citigroup is taking a strict stance on vaccination with plans to terminate unvaccinated employees.

The bank told its office staff if they fail to comply with its vaccine requirements by 14 January 2021, they will be put on unpaid leave and will be terminated at the end of the month.

This week, JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon warned that the bank’s unvaccinated staff in New York will not be able to work in the office.

Dimon said: “We’re not going to pay you to not work in the office.”

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