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Stellantis to demand 14,000 U.S. workers to be fully vaccinated

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (Reuters) – Stellantis NV (STLA.MI) will demand that all of its 14,000 unrepresented U.S. workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 5, the automaker said on Friday, as it is preparing for a gradual reopening of its offices in the United States next year.

Almost 80% of its salaried workforce in the United States reported being fully vaccinated, the company said.

Chrysler’s parent said all workers should submit proof of their vaccination status by Dec.4 and receive their final dose by Jan.5.

The company said in a note to employees that the action was also “in preparation for a gradual reopening of our offices in 2022”.

Earlier this month, Ford Motor Co (FN) said it would demand that most of its 32,000 American workers be vaccinated.

Earlier this month, the second-largest U.S. automaker said more than 84% of U.S. workers were already vaccinated.

Ford said earlier it is still evaluating its policy for “manufacturing sites, parts depots and Ford credit, including analysis of federal and collective bargaining requirements.”

Detroit’s Big Three automakers – General Motors Co (GM.N), Ford and Stellantis – said last month they would impose vaccines on auto workers in Canada.

GM declined to say on Friday whether it would require vaccines for American workers.

“GM reviews the rules with multiple internal and external stakeholders and determines the steps we need to take to ensure understanding and compliance across the company,” said a spokesperson.

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