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Starbucks issues vaccine mandate for workers

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Starbucks, an American coffeehouse chain, has mandated that all of its employees be vaccinated against Covid-19 by January 10, or undergo weekly coronavirus testing.

“This is an important step we can take to help more partners get vaccinated, limit the spread of Covid-19, and create choices that partners can own based on what’s best for them,” Xinhua news agency the company’s Chief Operating Officer John Culver as saying in a letter to the employees on Monday.

“If vaccination rates rise and community spread slows, we will adapt accordingly. But if things get worse, we may have to consider additional measures. For now, my hope is that we will all do our part to protect one another,” he added.

Those who choose not to be vaccinated must obtain their own federally approved test kits, according to the Seattle-based company.

As of November 2021, the company had 33,833 stores in 80 countries, with 15,444 of them in the United States.

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