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WSJ News Exclusive | Chevron Begins Vaccination Mandates as Covid-19 Roils Oil Fields

Chevron Corp. has begun requiring some workers to obtain Covid-19 vaccinations and is evaluating mandates all through its whole workforce because the oil-and-gas business contends with rising infections, in accordance with folks aware of the matter.

The second-largest U.S. oil firm is without doubt one of the first main oil-and-gas producers to implement such necessities because the business wrestles with unvaccinated area staff. Outbreaks of the virus have just lately been affecting operations in key websites such because the offshore platforms of the Gulf of Mexico and the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, a number of business executives stated.

Chevron is now requiring expatriate workers, staff touring internationally, and workers on U.S.-flagged ships to obtain vaccinations, stated firm spokesman Braden Reddall. It is going to additionally require offshore staff within the Gulf of Mexico and a few onshore assist employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 1, he stated. The necessities cowl hundreds of workers.

“Chevron is dedicated to defending the well being of our folks, and vaccinations are the strongest safeguard towards this virus,” Mr. Reddall stated.

Executives on the San Ramon, Calif.-based firm are additionally evaluating the feasibility of mandates for every Chevron enterprise unit and will implement such necessities extra broadly via its roughly 47,000-member workforce, folks aware of the matter stated.

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