Major airline fires all employees who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccine

These employees will still be able to keep their jobs if in the coming days they will get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to senior management of the airline.

Major airline fires all employees who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccine
Major airline fires all employees who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccine

United Airlines will lay off about 600 employees who do not receive a COVID-19 vaccine despite the deadline set by the airline has passed, according to an official announcement from the airline on Tuesday (September 28).

In August 2021, United Airlines announced that it would require all of its 67,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, making it the first major US airline and business to announce the move. tough stance regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

The deadline for the September 27 COVID-19 vaccination that the airline set has passed, now the airline has started the process of laying off this group of 593 employees. These employees will still be able to keep their jobs if in the coming days they will get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to senior management of the airline.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and airline president Brett Hart said: “We know that for some people, they are reluctant to get vaccinated. But there is no doubt that by getting vaccinated, you can avoid the possibility of hospitalization or even death from COVID-19.”

United Airlines had planned to give employees who did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine without pay from October 2, but delayed it to October 15. Last week, six United Airlines employees sued the airline in federal court in Texas, alleging that by taking unpaid leave, the company was discriminating against employees for religious reasons. to refuse to be vaccinated or who is not required to be vaccinated for a valid medical reason.

Other US airlines have taken a different approach to employees refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine. From November this year, Delta Air Lines will require employees not vaccinated against COVID-19 to pay an additional $200 a month for health insurance. Since the application of this policy, the vaccination rate at the airline has increased quite quickly, if in July 2021, the rate of COVID-19 vaccination reached 72%, now it has reached 82% of the total scale. Staff.

Many other airlines including Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have so far tried to encourage workers to voluntarily get the COVID-19 vaccine, but they have not yet made it mandatory. This could soon change, the administration of US President Joe Biden has planned to force employees of large businesses and US government contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It is not clear whether airline employees have the option of routine testing in lieu of vaccination.

Pilots of the two airlines mentioned above have spoken of their opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. In a letter last week to federal officials, they asserted that amid the current shortage of pilots, especially as the holiday season approaches, mandatory COVID-19 vaccination will make everyone worse thing. Also according to this federation, about 70% of US pilots have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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