Employees are subject to disciplinary action, including the possibility of dismissal
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer recently told employees that they could face disciplinary action if they do not comply with the company’s vaccine mandate before the upcoming deadline.
First reported by Memo on September 21 wwmt In Michigan, a Pfizer executive reiterated that all US-based employees and contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15, unless they receive a religious or medical exemption. The memorandum states that employees are subject to disciplinary action, including the possibility of dismissal, if they do not comply with the policy.
Pfizer first announced its companywide vaccine mandate on August 4. At the time, company officials said all US employees and contractors were required to undergo vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing.
A Pfizer spokesperson said the company has warned of possible disciplinary action for those who have not complied with the order since the requirement was implemented. The company acknowledged that the September 21 memo noted employees could be fired if they were not vaccinated and exempt.
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While Pfizer is still working to determine what form of disciplinary action it may take, the spokesperson said the company will not necessarily fire all workers who remain unvaccinated after the November 15 deadline.
Pfizer was the first company to receive FDA approval for its COVID-19 vaccine. In August, Pfizer spokeswoman Pamela Eisele said the company’s internal vaccination policy was “to protect the health and safety of our partners and the communities we serve.”
In a separate employee memo on October 4, Pfizer notified US employees about changes to its overtime policy. The company will shift its definition of overtime from tracked hours to working hours, meaning workers must spend more than 40 hours on site per week—and be eligible for double pay.
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An employee who remained anonymous told WWMT that the change would result in lower wages for some employees. A Pfizer spokesperson said the policy changes will not affect overtime pay rates.