USAA employees must confirm their vaccination status by January

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USAA, one of San Antonio’s largest employers, is requiring its employees to confirm their vaccination status. Christian Bove, spokesperson for the insurance and financial services giant, said in a statement that the company is asking employees to certify their vaccine status to ensure it has a good understanding of who has been vaccinated. Employees were notified on December 7.

USAA currently employs over 36,000 people worldwide. In March 2021, USAA indefinitely delayed return to office plans in favor of a remote-hybrid model.

After the announcement, Texas Congressman Chip Roy tweeted a screenshot of a letter from USAA Chief Human Resource Officer Pat Teague, which was sent to employees earlier today. The letter says that it is requiring employees to confirm their vaccination status through the company’s COVID Safe Workplace tool by January 4, 2022, the deadline set by the Biden administration’s emergency order. 

In early November, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced policy updates requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis. Healthcare workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid must also be fully vaccinated by the January date. In response, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration. 

Though MySA confirmed that the letter, which makes no mention of consequences based on vaccine status, is legitimate, not everything Roy said was correct. The Congressman’s tweet insinuated that USAA “is requiring that employees show their papers,” or get fired, which is false. USAA is also not requiring employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“Currently we encourage employees to get vaccinated but we do not require them to be vaccinated,” Bove said in the statement. “Unvaccinated employees are required to wear a mask when entering USAA facilities.”

Bove says that safety continues to be top priority for USAA. 

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