HAMPTON, Virginia – The FDA fully approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, but what does that mean for business owners? Will companies now start demanding the vaccine?
Latricia White will open a cosmetics store in September and says she will ask people applying for jobs to show proof of vaccination.
“We need a card. This card is like your ID now,” said White, the owner of Mo’Supplies Wig Lounge.
White says it can be harder to find workers, but says safety comes first.
“I know some of those who I ask and want to give the opportunity to say, ‘No, I just don’t agree. I don’t agree with the vaccine’,” White said.
Justin Ramos, the owner of Fox Tail Wine Bar, said he would not make the vaccine a requirement.
“Until the government forces me to make it a requirement, I do not personally choose [to make it mandatory]. I’m going to let people choose to live as freely as they want, “Ramos said.
Ramos says he encourages his employees to get vaccinated.
“The vaccine is proven to be effective in preventing people from having severe symptoms, and I think everyone should benefit from it. It’s free,” Ramos said.
Rodney Malone, owner of the 1865 Brewing Company, said he would not need to be vaccinated, but also strongly encourages his employees to be vaccinated.
“Luckily, most of our staff have been vaccinated so that’s really good. Most of the people who come in if they haven’t been vaccinated wear their masks,” said Malone.
The owners of Hair Envy Salon say they did not need to be vaccinated because all of their employees are vaccinated.
“We don’t have to do this because they are already vaccinated. Our salon is fully vaccinated,” said co-owner April Cofield.
Cofield says everyone in his living room has been together for over 20 years.
“It’s like a big family. We’ve been together for so long, and we’re all on the same page – it’s obvious. It’s like you understand, [the vaccine], then I understand. It’s like we go together and we will do it as a team. “
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Angelia Granby, another Hair Envy co-owner, says customers who are not vaccinated are required to wear a mask.
Business owners say they hope FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine will encourage more people to get vaccinated.
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