Unilever ‘strongly encourages’ staff to get vaccine

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Unilever CEO Alan Jope says the company is ‘strongly encouraging’ workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Unilever 'strongly encourages' staff to get vaccine

We will not be mandating vaccines for anyone. We don’t believe that that is uh. That is right. It’s, one thing to um mandate that someone takes a test before they come into uh. One of our facilities is a whole other thing, uh to force someone to introduce something into their body, and so that would be a step too far, so we will be strongly encouraging, not mandating and uh doing whatever. We can to make sure that our people have access well. What will you do, though, for people that don’t want to take it?

Who work in close quarters with others? Well then, we’ll use testing, so testing technology is moving forward very quickly. We already have a well-developed protocol, for instance, our factories have kept running throughout the pandemic and any time we noticed a pocket of covert cases in a factory. We have a well done, rehearsed shutdown and startup routine, where we use testing as the way of providing entry, and we test not just our employees but their families as well, where they want to, and we will, we do require testing.

Sometimes I think what we’re, assuming is that in Western Europe and North America, where uh most of our participants today are probably from um, we are going to be more or less working in uh from home until uh office space workers will be working from home, um and probably for most of all the first quarter and then gradually we’ll shift to a hybrid mode of uh, some time in the office sometime at home, and we anticipate never going back to five days a week. In the office that seems very old-fashioned.

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