McDonald’s franchisees are taking steps to encourage their employees to get vaccinated, from financial incentives to hosting vaccination clinics, as it prepares for an upcoming federal mandate that employees of large companies get inoculated against COVID-19.

But the company is also doing something else: Sourcing enough tests for franchisees to buy for their unvaccinated employees.

McDonald’s operators will be paying for the self-administered tests, which unvaccinated employees will have to take weekly, as they prepare for the upcoming mandate, which will be enforced by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA.


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