United Airlines has just thrown down the gauntlet to its workforce:
Get vaccinated or get fired.
Now it's a reality...
“We know some of you will disagree with this decision to require the vaccine for all United employees,” United CEO Scott Kirby and President Brett Hart said Friday in an employee note. “But, we have no greater responsibility to you and your colleagues than to ensure your safety when you’re at work, and the facts are crystal clear: everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated.”
United Employees Must be Vaccinated by October 25th or 'Risk Termination'
United Airlines employees must upload proof that they received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s single dose five weeks after federal officials give full approval to them or by Oct. 25, whichever is first, the executives said. Exceptions will be made for certain health issues or religious reasons, United said.
Interestingly, United is NOT requiring vaccinations for their regional partners who fly shorter routes.
The other large U.S. carriers, American, Delta and Southwest...have thus far not issued a mandate that requires vaccination.