Vaccine mandate takes effect for MGM and Westgate employees

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– The deadline for MGM Resorts and the Westgate employees to get vaccinated is Friday.

Westgate CEO David Seigel told staff in a memo last month, that they will be required to show proof of vaccination by Oct. 15 in order to keep their job.

“Westgate is not the first major company to make this decision, and we will not be the last,” Siegel said. “Vaccines are the single greatest tool we have for ending this pandemic, keeping ourselves and our families safe and returning life back to normal.”

Seigel survived a difficult battle against COVID-19 in July. He said he believes if he hadn’t been vaccinated he would not be alive today.

The Westgate resort was among the first properties to require its employees to return to wearing a mask.

Meantime, MGM says all salaried employees who don’t exclusively work at home will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Friday. Also, any employees hired after Aug. 30 are required to follow the vaccine mandate.

“I know that for some of you this may be an unwelcome development – a consideration that we did not take lightly when making this decision,” MGM Resorts International CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle said in August to its employees.

“However, as one of the largest and most trusted operators and employers in our industry, MGM Resorts is determined to do our part to curb the spread of the virus and help counter alarming trends in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Vaccination is the most effective tool in doing so,” Hornbuckle said.

MGM Resorts International operates these properties in Las Vegas: Bellagio, Aria Resort & Casino, Vdara, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas, MGM Grand Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Skylofts at MGM Grand, The Mansion at MGM Grand, The Signature at MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York-New York, Park MGM.

Mandatory testing is still in effect for MGM employees who are unvaccinated.

Culinary Union officials support the call for vaccinations, pointing out that their members have had access to the COVID-19 vaccine since March 11.

“The Culinary Union is supportive of more comprehensive measures to ensure all Americans and Nevadans are vaccinated and urges those who are not yet vaccinated to get the vaccine — it is the best way to protect you, your family, our community, our hospitality jobs, and our state’s industries — and the only way a  full recovery post-COVID is possible,” according to a union statement on Wednesday.

“The Culinary Union will remain vigilant to ensure workers are protected at work, are actively negotiating with gaming companies to have agreements which reflect those goals, and we continue to urge hospitality employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine as they are safe, proven, and effective. We also encourage national and local media to continue not promoting or giving space to dangerous anti-vaccination conspiracy theories or misinformation,” according to the statement.

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