Starbucks Drops COVID Vaccine-or-Test Requirements

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The Facts

  • Starbucks is no longer requiring its US employees to be vaccinated or tested for COVID.

  • The change comes in response to the Supreme Court striking down Biden's vaccine mandate for large private sector employers.

The Spin

Left narrative

Starbucks is using the court ruling as cover, and putting hardworking employees at risk simply to increase profits.They are setting a dangerous precedent, as other companies will likely follow suit.

Right narrative

The mandate was harmful and unfair. Starbucks has made the only smart business move, finally realizing that having working staff is more important than "virtue signaling and Covidian adherence".

Narrative C

Starbucks' change shows how the SC ruling unfairly puts vaccination responsibility on the employer. Companies must now navigate a complex patchwork of federal, state, and local COVID guidance to keep their employees safe.

Political split



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