Employees of MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas who have not proven they have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus will have to pay for regular testing, according to a company policy that went into effect Monday.
There will be a co-payment of $ 15 for employees who are tested on site, in accordance with the policy. Employees also have the option of using offsite testing, but those who do will need to provide proof of a negative test result from an FDA-approved molecular PCR test. The policy states that results from antigen and home test kits will not be accepted.
Testing will not be required for employees who have a vaccine verification sticker on their ID and those designated as teleworkers.
The company confirmed the policy was in place in an email to the Review-Journal on Tuesday.
Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said it supported company policy and encouraged people to get vaccinated. The union represents around 24,000 MGM workers in Las Vegas, including Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, Park MGM, Signature and Vdara.
“The CDC has previously said that more than 97% of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated. The Culinary Union urges Nevadans who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated – this is the best way to protect you, your family, our jobs in the hospitality and industries of our state, ”the door said. word of the union, Bethany Khan. “The Culinary Union will remain vigilant to ensure the protection of workers at work and urge hotel workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because they are safe, proven and effective. “
Testing for MGM employees will be divided alphabetically by last name, and each group will be assigned a specific week for testing.
Employees who test positive or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive will be required to self-quarantine. The company noted that employees who are not fully vaccinated will not be paid for their time off during quarantine.