One of the largest American banks, Morgan Stanley, has warned its employees that from July 12, those who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be able to return to their jobs. This was reported on Wednesday by Bloomberg, referring to a memo sent by the bank’s management to employees.
As the agency notes, it says that not only the bank’s employees but also its customers must confirm that they are fully vaccinated when entering the offices of Morgan Stanley, located in New York and its suburb of Westchester. “This vaccination policy is one of the toughest among the major American banks. According to Morgan Stanley, it aims to promote a normal working environment in offices without the need to wear masks and adhere to social distancing,” the agency said.
It also quotes the bank’s chief executive, James Gorman, as saying: “We want everyone back in the offices. If you can go to restaurants in New York, you can go back to work in offices.” Gorman estimates that more than 90% of those employees who already work in offices are vaccinated. So far, the bank’s management has not ordered all employees to return to their jobs, as some other American leading banks and investment companies have done, including JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, but Gorman warned that in early September “we will have another conversation with you.”
Currently, Bloomberg points out, the majority of American companies – about 72% – do not plan to require their employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of returning to the workplace. This was shown by a survey conducted in May by the consulting firm Willis Towers Watson.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 53.4% of the population in the country, which is home to more than 330 million people, has received at least one dose of the coronavirus drug. Approximately 45.2% (150 million people) were fully vaccinated. In the meantime, the United States still, according to Johns Hopkins University, tops the list of states with the largest number of infected and dead – 33.57 million and 602.4 thousand people.