Goldman Sachs UK staff ‘strongly encouraged’ to reveal status of Covid-19 jab
Goldman Sachs has asked its UK employees to disclose their Covid-19 vaccine status, but the bank’s Operation City did not require employees to disclose whether or not they received the vaccine like in the US.
U.S.-based bank employees are required to disclose whether or not they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 by noon on June 10 local time as part of its efforts to bolster office staff during summer, according to a memo sent to country staff.
“Although we strongly encourage you to receive a vaccine against Covid-19, we understand that the choice to be vaccinated is a personal choice,” reads the note sent to American employees.
“If you have recorded all the required doses of your vaccine and are considered to be fully immunized, you will no longer be required to participate in the on-site testing program and, if local requirements permit, you will no longer be required to wear a mask hanging in the office, ”he added.
In the UK, Goldman has already increased its workforce to around 35% of its roughly 6,000 UK-based employees after telling them to “make plans to be able to return to the office” by June 21 .
UK staff are not required to disclose their immunization status, but the bank has been conducting a survey of its staff on a voluntary basis since late May, according to a separate memo viewed by Financial news, with employees “strongly encouraged” to disclose whether or not they received the jab.
The survey gives employees the option of not disclosing their immunization status and the responses are anonymous.
“There is growing evidence that vaccination significantly reduces the risk of infection,” the memo reads. “Therefore, the vaccination rate for our PTC [Plumtree Court, European headquarters] Population is an important measure of health and safety in the design of health and safety protocols. To help with business health and safety planning, we strongly encourage you to complete this survey on your immunization status. “
Goldman Sachs has already offered its employees a half-day off to get vaccinated against Covid-19, a decision also taken by its US counterpart JPMorgan.
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