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Vaccine mandate takes effect for MGM and Westgate employees

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 October 15th 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.

“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.