$SBUX Imposes Vax & Testaing for All Employees

Wall Street Journal headline: Starbucks Imposes Covid-19 Vaccine, Testing Requirements for U.S. Workers

Subheadline: Coffee chain says it will comply with contested federal requirements


Starbucks Corp. SBUX -0.25%? is requiring its U.S. employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit to regular testing, one of the first large restaurant chains to take such a step ahead of potential federal vaccination mandates for large employers.

Starbucks said Monday that workers in its U.S. cafes, offices and manufacturing plants must be vaccinated by Feb. 9 or get tested weekly. Workers who choose testing must have a pharmacist or doctor administer it instead of taking one at home, and workers will need to themselves obtain and cover any costs for the tests, the company said in a message to U.S. stores.

U.S. workers must disclose their vaccination status by Jan. 10, Starbucks said. The company had previously allowed baristas to report their vaccination status on a voluntary basis.