United Airlines to require all 67,000 U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated

United Airlines will require its 67,000 U.S. employees to get vaccinated against Covid by Oct. 25 or risk termination, a first for major U.S. carriers that will likely ramp up pressure on rivals.

“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 Airlines pilot Steve Lindland receives a Covid-19 vaccine from RN Sandra Manella at United’s onsite clinic at O’Hare International Airport on March 9, 2021 in Chicago, Ill.Scott Olson / Getty Images file

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.

more and more big companies such as Facebook announced employees to prove that they have been vaccinated to return to the office. Others are requiring them for only for certain workers. 

Meatpacker Tyson Foods also said this week its 120,000 U.S. employees must be are fully vaccinated this year.

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