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Goldman Sachs is making US employees report their vaccination status ahead of return to offices

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A pedestrian walks past 200 West Street, home to the headquarters of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York.

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Goldman Sachs is having its U.S. employees report whether they have taken any of the Covid-19 vaccines, according to an internal memo sent this week.

Employees must report their status to the New York Bank by noon Thursday, the memo says. Last month, Goldman announced to employees that they should be ready to return to offices in the US and UK by June 14.

“Registering your vaccination status allows us to plan a safer return to the office for all of our employees as we continue to adhere to local health measures,” the memo reads. “It is therefore imperative that you indicate your vaccination status in the Canopy app, regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not.” Canopy is the bank’s internal portal for employee updates.

While it is legal for companies to ask workers about their vaccination status, they must keep this information confidential. Many employers have been reluctant to force employees to take the vaccine or show evidence of needles, and instead rely on an honor system.

So far, disclosure of vaccination status at the investment bank, which employs around 40,000 people worldwide, has been voluntary, according to the New York Times’ DealBook, which first reported on the memo. Only those workers who had not yet informed the bank of their status received the news, a bank spokesman told CNBC.

Goldman employees are asked to post the date and brand of their vaccination but are not required to provide evidence of vaccination, according to the Times.

“While we strongly recommend that you get a COVID-19 vaccine, we understand that the decision to vaccinate is a personal one,” the bank said in a statement.

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