The phrase “vaccine mandate” is possibly one of the most controversial things that someone could utter at the moment. The automotive industry is trying to figure out the best way to handle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to combat reduced car production and factory shutdowns. For some automakers, the coronavirus has caused nearly as much damage as the global semiconductor shortage.
Mercedes-Benz to enforce coronavirus vaccine mandate
According to a report from Automotive News, in October, Mercedes-Benz USA emailed its employees that proof of vaccination against coronavirus would become “a condition of employment” starting January 4th, 2022.
Mercedes-Benz stated that it is going forward with the vaccine mandate because it anticipates that eventually, a similar mandate from the U.S. government will apply to large businesses. According to a source close to the issue, less than half of the automaker’s employees at U.S. import processing centers are vaccinated, and many of them will not get the vaccine.
Mercedes-Benz USA said that it had provided employees with a 90-day notice to meet the vaccine requirement. They also noted that two-thirds of its U.S. employees (not including Alabama factory workers) had provided proof of vaccination so far.
“We expect that the vast majority of our employees will provide proof of vaccination before the deadline,” said…