In a further sign of companies encouraging vaccinations, Schlumberger, the world’s biggest oil-services provider, said some customers are requiring its staff be vaccinated and tested prior to arriving on job sites. It’s not hard to see why: vaccination rates across the U.S. have stalled in recent months leading to a surge in infections, mostly among the unvaccinated population.
Pioneer Natural Resources Co., one of the biggest shale oil producers in the Permian Basin, said earlier this month about 35% of its employees in the field are vaccinated compared to about 80% at its headquarters in Irving, Texas. Devon Energy Corp., which predominately drills onshore, is offering employees $500 to show proof of vaccination by Oct. 15, but does not have a mandate currently, the company said in a statement.
Last week, Exxon Mobil Corp. introduced a mask mandate for unvaccinated individuals working inside where they cannot socially distance, the company said in a statement. ConocoPhillips has screening mechanisms at its field operations as well as mask and distancing requirements for indoor work, the company said, though it does not currently have a mandate for jabs.
All the oil companies contacted by Bloomberg said they encourage their employees to get the vaccine.