General Electric will require vaccines for its 56,000 U.S. workers.

Large companies, including G.E., have cited a requirement, which President Biden announced in September, that federal contractors be vaccinated when introducing mandates.


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General Electric will require vaccines for its 56,000 U.S. workers.

Oct. 19, 2021Updated 6:01 p.m. ET

General Electric will require all U.S.-based workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, citing requirements that federal contractors and their employees be vaccinated, according to a G.E. spokeswoman.

Several other large companies, including American Airlines and JetBlue, have cited the requirement for federal contractors, which President Biden announced in September, when introducing vaccine mandates. The White House has said the deadline for employees of current contractors to be vaccinated is Dec. 8.

G.E., which updated its vaccination policy on Friday, employed about 56,000 U.S. employees at the end of 2020. News of the mandate was earlier reported by W.C.P.O. in Cincinnati.

Mr. Biden has also said that private-sector businesses that have 100 or more employees will have to require vaccination, or mandatory weekly testing, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still drafting that rule.

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas issued his own order last week barring private employers from mandating coronavirus vaccines in the state. American and Southwest Airlines, both based in Texas, have said they will not comply with the state’s order.

About 57 percent of the U.S. population 12 years old and older have been fully vaccinated, according to a tracker by The New York Times.

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