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Partners Continue to Debate COVID-19 Mandates as Virus, Variants Surge

From "no vax, no work," to cries for "freedom," the partner community mirrors the rest of the U.S. and the world.

Allison Francis

August 26, 2021

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We recently reported on what partners and vendors are doing in terms of COVID-19 mandates. We asked, are offices reopening to all? For those that do, should they require employees to get vaccinated? What about masks — yes or no?

It’s a weird landscape to navigate, to be sure. Amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases and the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant, there has been a shift in thinking among some corporate leaders. It’s a tough judgment call for partners. On one hand, you want to protect your employees. On the other, you’re trying to respect everyone’s perspective and choice surrounding the vaccine. Setting expectations for employees with a variety of backgrounds and factors can be murky, to say the least.

So, to mandate or not to mandate? That, partners, is the question. We beamed out the bat signal to our MSPs earlier this month for their perspectives on COVID-19 mandates. 

See what they had to say in the slideshow above.

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Allison Francis

Allison Francis is a writer, public relations and marketing communications professional with experience working with clients in industries such as business technology, telecommunications, health care, education, the trade show and meetings industry, travel/tourism, hospitality, consumer packaged goods and food/beverage. She specializes in working with B2B technology companies involved in hyperconverged infrastructure, managed IT services, business process outsourcing, cloud management and customer experience technologies. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Drake University. An Iowa native, she resides in Denver, Colorado.

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