Raytheon’s mandatory vaccination policy was disclosed six days after President Joe Biden issued an executive order on Sept. 10 that requires private employers with more than 100 workers to impose vaccinations or offer weekly testing.
According to the Associated Press, about 100 million Americans could be affected by the order.
Several large employers operating in North Carolina have implemented their own similar vaccination policies, including Walmart, Hanesbrands Inc. for office workers, Tyson Foods Inc. at its Wilkesboro plant, and Allegacy Federal Credit Union.
According to employer research firm Zippia, there are 1,028 North Carolina-based companies with at least 100 workers.
In the Triad and Northwestern North Carolina these are Hanesbrands, Reynolds American Inc., Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., Unifi Inc., The Fresh Market, Universal Furniture International, Tanger Factor Outlets, Culp Inc., ConvaTec, Qorvo, Renfro, Pike Electric, Insteel Industries Inc. and Volvo Trucks.
The AP reported that while there has been a significant pullback from Republican lawmakers and conservative advocates, some large employers have expressed relief that Biden’s order has freed them from the responsibility of implementing their own vaccination protocols.
Mark Owens, president and CEO of Greater Winston-Salem Inc., said last week that his staff spoke to several large employers about their vaccination policies.