Israeli company prohibits employees from returning to work without COVID-19 vaccination

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02-03-21 03:24:00,

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March 1, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Mobileye, an Israeli self-driving car developer and subsidiary of Intel, will ban employees who reject a coronavirus vaccination from working on-site, CEO Amnon Shashua said.

In an internal letter leaked to the Israeli press, Shashua revealed that Mobileye expects about 10 percent of workers to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

The company will bar those employees from in-person work, although some deemed necessary may be allowed to return if they present negative COVID-19 test results, the letter said. The testing requirement would apply to workers who already had the virus. 

“Proud that 90% of @Mobileye employees are fully or partly vaccinated already. We will ‘go green’ first week of April with only vaccinated employees coming in to the office & others continuing (work from home),” Shashua tweeted last week.

Mobileye, which employs about 1,500 workers in Jerusalem, is the first major Israeli company to announce a vaccine mandate, according to the Post. While there is no law in Israel that allows employers to require COVID-19 vaccination, top officials reportedly have been looking at new legislation to change that. 

“We are checking legislation that will prevent people who are not vaccinated or who have not been tested in the previous 48 hours from working with the public — for example, to stand before a class full of students,” Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said in February. 

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“It is possible that teachers who refuse to be vaccinated will need to pay from their own pocket for private tests every 48 hours,” he added. “I am not going to fire anyone, but if someone is not vaccinated, then that is their problem.”

Israel has deployed notably harsh COVID-19 measures, including multiple nationwide lockdowns and bans on international travel. Just last week,

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