Unilever ‘strongly encourages’ workers to get coronavirus vaccine


FILE PHOTO - The company logo for Unilever is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

Unilever is strongly encouraging its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as it is available to them, its chief executive officer told Reuters on Wednesday.

“We will be strongly encouraging, not mandating,” CEO Alan Jope said in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. “We will be doing what we can to make sure we create access to vaccines for the Unilever team, but we will do it in a very principled way.

“I don’t want any of my employees to be jumping the queue on frontline medical workers or vulnerable people.”

Jope, whose company is one of Britain’s biggest, said that for certain employees who decline the vaccine, rapid testing could be used to keep workplaces safe.

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