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Starbucks No Longer Requiring Workers to Be Vaccinated After Supreme Court Decision


Starbucks has ended their vaccine requirement for US-based employees after the Supreme Court blocked President Joe Biden’s mandate for large companies.

Last week, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to reject the Biden administration’s mandatory vaccine or regular COVID testing requirements for companies with over 100 employees.

On January 3, Starbucks had announced that they would be requiring all employees to be vaccinated by February 9 or have to undergo weekly COVID tests. Workers had to reveal their vaccination status to the company by January 10. At the time, the company said that the “vaccine is the best option we have, by far, when it comes to staying safe and slowing the spread of COVID-19.”

However, Starbucks responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling by scrapping the requirement in a memo to employees on Tuesday.

“We respect the court’s ruling and will comply,” Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver wrote in the memo, obtained by the Associated Press. He added that the company still “strongly” encourages vaccines and booster shots. Additionally, employees have been informed that they should wear medical-grade surgical masks at work instead of cloth masks.

The AP reports that Starbucks is one of the most high profile companies to overturn their previous mandate after the ruling. “Many other big companies, including Target, have been mum on their plans,” the report noted.

The company has said that the “vast majority” of their employees are fully vaccinated, but would not provide exact numbers.

Starbucks has approximately 228,000 employees in the United States.

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6 responses to “Starbucks No Longer Requiring Workers to Be Vaccinated After Supreme Court Decision”

  1. I’ve been working for Starbucks for the past three years. Still pure blooded and not bending an inch to their BS. Local mandates came back for masks and I’ve been making a point to treat everyone who walks through the door the same, face diaper or no. The coercion only continues as long as we allow it to.

  2. AUDREK says:

    I feel for those people who bent their knees due to the authoritarian edict to keep their jobs. Must suck to learn you were bamboozled.

  3. TheReasoningPatriot says:

    @Night_Coder a private employer can require anything they want to require as a condition of employment unless a law exists prohibiting them from doing so. In this case, businesses are completely free to require an experimental shot. The lawsuits will come in when that requirement resulted in harm to the employee.

  4. Night_Coder says:

    I wonder if there will be lawsuits for the company forcing vaccines on people when they legally couldn’t.

  5. spike11117 says:

    Good on Starbucks

  6. Rawdog says:

    I make this prediction. On March 1st (barring unforeseen medical emergency) Pedo Joe will announce:

    Plandemic is over. Herd immunity is reached. I did it. Vote Commiecrat in ’22

    I am stepping down due to health concerns. Cameltoe will be your new president.

    On March 2nd most of the NPCs demanding we wear 40 masks and get our weekly booster shots will suddenly stop wearing them and try to pretend that they are not national socialist, Austrian watercolor painter lovers.

    I humbly suggest that you smash said NPCs to the ground and force them to wear all of their 200 masks (think of it as branding cattle).

    Do NOT let those scum get away with their abuse of those who are real people.