Tech giant Intel has reportedly notified employees that anyone who remains unvaccinated will need to get the COVID-19 vaccine or submit an exemption by January 4th. Otherwise, they face being put on unpaid leave, as reported by theverge.

In the December 7th memo obtained by both publications, Intel HR boss Christy Pambianchi said unvaccinated employees will need to seek an exemption or get weekly tests, even if they’re working from home. She also reportedly told employees that the company will review medical and religious exemptions up until March 15th of next year.

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The company initially put the January 4th vaccine deadline in place last month but didn’t specify what would happen to unvaccinated employees if they didn’t comply.INTEL WON’T FIRE UNVACCINATED EMPLOYEES AND WILL STILL PROVIDE HEALTHCARE BENEFITS TO THOSE ON LEAVE

If an employee’s exemption isn’t granted, they’ll be put on unpaid leave for at least three months starting on April 4th and “will not be terminated,” as Pambiachi reportedly puts it. She also stated that Intel will still provide healthcare benefits to those on leave.

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