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IBM TELLS U.S. STAFF TO GET VACCINE OR FACE SUSPENSION

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Internatio­nal Business Machines Corp. said all of its U.s.-based employees must be vaccinated by Dec. 8 or be put on unpaid suspension. The Armonk, N.y.-based company told workers that because it’s a government contractor, it’s required to adhere to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractor­s. IBM said the new mandate will apply to all U.S. employees regardless of where they work or how often they go into a company office and will offer “limited” medical or religious exemptions. The decision was prompted by “the continued spread of COVID-19, local clinical conditions around IBM sites, and the reality that vaccines are readily available nationwide,” a company spokeswoma­n said in a statement. “As we’ve said throughout the pandemic, IBM’S health and safety practices are driven by science.”

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