PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Nike is requiring all office workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a statement sent to KOIN 6 News on Tuesday morning, Nike says all employees returning to the office must be fully immunized to support “The effort to get people safely back to their workplace. The company currently plans to bring employees back in person to all Nike offices by January 10, 2022.
This is the first time that Nike has confirmed that COVID-19 vaccine requirements will be in place.
In September, KOIN 6 News reached out to Nike, Adidas, and Intel – all major players in the Pacific Northwest who have previously said they are promoting vaccination but have not made it mandatory, or have remained silent on the subject. .
Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, said he was delighted with the White House’s decision to issue blanket vaccination warrants for federal employees and said Columbia Sportswear was a big advocate for worker vaccination.
“We want to make sure that vulnerable people are covered and that, frankly, we can go back to a more normal way of life, to a more normal way of working, and that will only happen if we have a high vaccination rate, ” he said.
Boyle said the company had tried many incentives for months to encourage its roughly 3,000 local employees to get vaccinated, but not all workers participated.
“We have to allow religious exemptions, of course, but we have to be vaccinated to return to work and bring ourselves, the state and the country back in 2019, as we all remember,” he said. . “I guess most businesses would like to go back to normal.”