Red Hat Tells Employees They Should Get COVID-19 Vaccines
Raleigh tech company Red Hat is giving employees until Nov. 29 to get their COVID-19 vaccine if they want to continue working for the company, Red CEO Paul Cormier told employees on Thursday. Hat.
Red Hat, which has previously required employees entering the office to be vaccinated, said the move followed President Joe Biden’s executive order that companies that work under contract with the federal government must have vaccinated their employees.
“As a government contractor, Red Hat must and will require all associates and contractors in the United States to be vaccinated,” Cormier wrote.
Red Hat said employees must be fully immunized by November 29, which means they should have received their last vaccine at least two weeks before that deadline. The requirement applies to all employees and contractors, regardless of where they work, the company said.
Red Hat has not determined how many of its employees have already been vaccinated, a spokesperson for the company said.
“Remember our Red Hat values when you communicate with others on this topic and engage from a place where you seek to understand,” Cormier wrote of the decision. “While associates may have strong feelings about this issue and respectful debate is part of our culture, this is how we need to move forward as a business and as a business. Please keep all dialogue respectful, professional and empathetic.
Red Hat isn’t the only company raising the stakes for its vaccine needs in the wake of pressure from Biden to get more companies to institute vaccine mandates.
The SAS Institute, Cary’s largest employer, said last month that its employees need to be vaccinated or they could potentially be made redundant.
“With the FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and recent federal government decrees,” an SAS spokesperson said at the time, “SAS now requires all U.S. employees of SAS to be vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of their mode of work (fully remote, hybrid, on campus).
SAS employees face a deadline of November 1.
Many other companies, including the largest hospital systems in the Triangle and several other tech workers, have instituted vaccination warrants in recent weeks.
However, many employers were also reluctant to add mandates.
Durham-based semiconductor maker Cree, now operating as Wolfspeed, for example, has decided to offer incentives to increase vaccine uptake rather than a warrant, The News previously reported. & Observe.
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