Wells Fargo & Co. employees must prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or agree to submit to regular testing, the company announced Tuesday.
Bei Ling, the bank’s head of human resources, told employees in a memo that they must submit photos of their vaccination card to an online company website by Dec. 4. Workers who don’t submit pictures must agree to take part in Wells Fargo’s testing protocols, which start in January.
“You will receive more information with details about testing requirements and timing,” Ling wrote.
With its home mortgage business based in Des Moines, Wells Fargo is one of Iowa’s biggest companies. It has about 13,000 employees in central Iowa.
While some Wells Fargo workers have remained in offices throughout the pandemic, company spokesperson Kevin Friedlander said in an email that the bank will require other groups of employees who have been working from home to return in phases starting Jan. 10.
Wells Fargo’s latest announcement comes as President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandate is tied up in the courts. The policy required businesses with at least 100 employees to mandate the vaccine or submit its workers to weekly testing by Jan. 4.
Earlier this month, the conservative U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to refrain from implementing the policy. The Justice Department has appealed the court’s order.
Major Iowa employer Tyson Foods announced in August that factory employees needed to get vaccinated by Nov. 1. A Tyson spokesperson said as of September the meatpacking company’s vaccination rate hit 91%, meaning 50,000 employees received shots after the company shared its new rule.
Another big Iowa employer Deere & Co. has not announced a rule. During an investor call Wednesday, an executive declined to answer an analyst’s question about whether the company would introduce a vaccine mandate.