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Nationwide announces its plan to comply with vaccination mandate

Nationwide shared its broad plans with employees on Friday regarding how the company plans to comply with the Biden Administration’s workplace mandate for COVID-19 vaccinations for companies with more than 100 employees.

“As always, we continue to lead with our values,” said Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker in a companywide email. “At Nationwide, we will provide the option for associates to either be vaccinated or tested regularly and wear a face covering. For those who are not vaccinated, we will cover the cost of testing for the near future. We’ll continue to assess the environment and share updates regarding testing coverage.”

The company will continue to prepare its policies in event the mandate remains effective but will adjust pending the outcome of the legal challenges being reviewed by the courts.

Vaccination rates among Nationwide employees already far exceeds community levels and the company has successfully prevented a workplace outbreak through stringent enforcement of prevention policies that include:

  • Masks on the move
  • Social distancing
  • Allowing no more than 50 percent of its workforce in facilities at any given time

In April 2020, the Fortune 100 company announced a decision to move to a hybrid work model, with up to 50 percent of its associates across the company permanently working remotely moving forward, based on business needs.