United Airlines says 90% U.S. staff vaccinated

Published on : Friday, September 17, 2021

United Airlines said that close to 90% of its U.S.-based employees had uploaded proof of COVID-19 vaccinations ahead September 27 deadline.

United Airlines has taken a tough stance on employees who decline to get vaccinated and in early August became the first U.S. carrier to announce it would mandate vaccines for employees.

The company also said about 95% of its U.S.-based management was fully vaccinated.

United Chief Executive Scott Kirby told that the airline would not require vaccines for airline passengers on its own but would follow a government mandate if adopted.

Kirby said it “feels like a more efficient approach” for employers to mandate vaccines rather than create a “huge infrastructure” at airports to prove passengers have been vaccinated.

Last week, United Airline said employees who receive religious exemptions from the company for COVID-19 vaccinations would be placed on temporary, unpaid personal leave from October 2.

Chicago-based United said nearly 20,000 employees had uploaded records since the company announced its mandatory vaccination policy.

The Biden administration said on Monday that most federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November  22, pushing large employers to have their workers inoculated or tested weekly.

Some airline officials told that they are waiting to see a Labour Department emergency temporary standard (ETS) detailing rules for large private-sector firms on vaccines or COVID-19 testing before deciding on employee rules.

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