Maintaining positive relationships with employees is one of Citi’s biggest focuses. That sentiment was apparently so influential it secured a waiver to prevent the bank from making its Washington-area workers required to be vaccinated against 14 contagious diseases.
By and large, companies have been taking part in the federal government’s push to get more people vaccinated. Many other employers have been involved in similar measures. On Tuesday, Walmart, CVS and Home Depot said they’d all agreed to allow customers and employees who’ve missed work or school because of a vaccine or other health problem to receive a full refund.
But Citi is the first big bank to mandate vaccinations.
“We work to provide an inclusive and healthy work environment, which is why we, like many other companies in Washington, D.C., require vaccines for CDC approved tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and polio,” said Fred Hochberg, president and CEO of the Community Investment Corp., in a statement on Wednesday. The CIC is an independent non-profit lender which has a facility with Citi’s Washington office, in downtown D.C.
Citi employees will be required to be vaccinated against a number of other contagious diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis. The company has the authority to require the immunizations, according to Tara Rabinowitch, a Citi spokeswoman.