(AbsoluteNews.com) – COVID-19 vaccines are becoming one of the most contentious issues of the pandemic. What should have been handled as a personal health decision by Americans, is instead in the hands of the government and some private businesses. Some companies, like Walgreens, aren’t requiring workers to get the jab, but they’re punishing those who don’t.
All employees, vaccinated or unvaccinated, will receive COVID sick leave pay benefits through Feb. 23. Following that date, Walgreens will provide those pay benefits to employees only if they’ve been fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption.
In the case of CVS, paid leave is available only to vaccinated employees. The company also announced it was limiting paid sick leave for employees who test positive but haven’t received the jab. The company revealed full-time and part-time employees would receive five days of paid leave, except where cities and states require more time.
Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health Corp have cut paid sick leave for workers who test positive for COVID-19, aligning their policies to a change in U.S. health guidance, the companies said on Tuesday. https://t.co/RUHieDVwX4
— Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) January 12, 2022
Both companies claim their updates policies are in line with CDC guidelines. The federal health agency recommends people who test positive should isolate for 5 days, instead of the 10 days previously thought to be necessary.
Critics of the changes made by companies like CVS and Walgreens contend it isn’t fair to treat the vaccinated and unvaccinated differently. The policies punish Americans for their personal health decisions.
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