Stanley Black & Decker, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's largest manufacturers of industrial tools and household hardware, is one of the companies that has developed its own internal tracking system to monitor the confidential health status of its more than 60,000 employees.
"As we previously communicated on Dec. 22, to prepare for the enforcement of the [vaccine mandate] … all U.S. employees are required to use the Vaccination Status Tracker by Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, to upload a copy of their COVID vaccination record, indicate that they are in the process of being vaccinated, or indicate that they do not intend to get vaccinated," read one of the company's recent memos to its workers.
According to the memo, the Vaccination Status Tracker is supposedly a "safe, secure and easy-to-use digital tool" that is available to all of Stanley Black & Decker's U.S. employees.
"Part of being compliant with the [vaccine mandate] is collecting the vaccination status of our employees," wrote company Vice President of Public Relations Debora Raymond. "We have many resources available for our employees, including access to and guidance from our company's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mitch McClure."
Conservative author and political commentator Candace Owens is also suggesting that a government-controlled database to track the COVID-19 vaccination status of American citizens is also imminent.
As companies like Stanley Black & Decker gleefully prepare to enforce the COVID-19 mandate, many other companies are keeping quiet about their stance regarding workplace mandates as Biden and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's orders are contested in the Supreme Court.
Some of the country's largest companies, like Lowe's, Target and General Motors, afraid of fines cutting into their profits, have publicly stated that they would abide by any federal vaccine mandate and would undertake the necessary steps to meet it. But all three have stopped short of coming out with their own vaccination requirement.
"[General Motors] stands firmly in support [of COVID-19 vaccinations]," read a press email from the company. It added that it was reviewing the rules "with multiple internal and external stakeholders."
"GM continues to encourage employees to get vaccinated given the broad availability of safe and highly effective vaccines, which data consistently show is the best way to protect yourself and those around you," continued the email.
In a survey of more than 500 American companies by multinational insurance company Willis Towers Watson conducted in November, 32 percent of companies surveyed will only require vaccinations if the federal vaccine mandate orders them to do so.
Fewer still are the companies that are hoping for the Supreme Court to side with businesses and strike down the vaccine mandate.
At the Affordable Furniture plan in Houlka, Mississippi, CEO Jim Sneed is hoping the Supreme Court's conservative supermajority will prevent the vaccine mandate from pushing through, as he does not want to force his 300 workers to get vaccinated if they do not want to.
"It's going to be a difficult thing to control, let alone enforce," said Sneed.
Renasant Bank, a rural bank and financial services company with some 2,500 employees in seven states in the American South, also does not want to impose on its workers.
"We're waiting for the final Supreme Court determination on the regulation, but in the event it becomes enforced, we will be prepared to comply … and will see the imposed OSHA emergency temporary standards for companies with more than 100 employees," said John Oxford, Renasant's senior vice president and director of marketing.
It is looking likely that the Supreme Court will strike down Biden's vaccine mandate as illegal. The six conservatives in the nine-seat Supreme Court signaled their sympathy towards arguments that the federal vaccine mandate's rule will seriously affect businesses in the U.S.
Chief Justice John Roberts and fellow conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh believe that OSHA's rule could be invalidated under a legal doctrine that states that Congress must provide a clear statement regarding specific issues before a federal agency can issue broad regulations regarding it. (Related: Supreme Court to fast-track cases challenging Biden's jab mandates.)
Listen to this episode of the Health Ranger Report, a podcast by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, as he talks about how it may now be too late for the nearly 1.5 billion people in the world who are vaccinated, as the deadly substances in their body now put them at greater risk of death.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S. and the attempts to halt it from being implemented at Vaccines.news.