Citigroup’s Vaccine Mandate Prompts a Flurry of Shots

Unvaccinated employees will lose their jobs by the end of the month.

Citigroup’s unvaccinated staff members in the United States have rushed to get shots — or request exemptions — just before its coronavirus vaccination requirement kicks in.

The bank reached 99 percent compliance with its mandate before a Friday deadline, Sara Wechter, the bank’s head of human resources, wrote on LinkedIn on Thursday. That was up from 90 percent on Jan. 7, according to a person familiar with the policies who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.

The figures excluded branch workers who had been given more time to comply, employees who received medical or religious accommodations and those who live in states that do not permit vaccine mandates.

“Going into the last day, we expect the number of employees who have not complied will decrease even further,” Ms. Wechter wrote.

Citigroup announced earlier this month that unvaccinated employees would lose their jobs by the end of the month. and some may not receive year-end bonuses unless they sign documents agreeing not to sue the company, according to the person familiar with the policies.

The bank has been more assertive than its Wall Street peers on the thorny issue of vaccines. The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers, dealing a blow to a key element of the White House’s plan to address the pandemic as virus cases surge.

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