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Nearly 97% of United Airlines Employees are Fully Vaccinated

United Airlines will start putting unvaccinated US employees on leave. The company says 97% of workers have complied with its mandate. Leslie Scott, a spokesperson said that United Airlines said it will start the separation process as early as September 28. They also noted that only a small number of workers have requested an exemption based on health or religious reasons.

The good news is that large majorities of our employees continue to upload their vaccination records. United Airlines announced a vaccine mandate for all 67,000 US-based workers last month. The company said that no other major airline has issued a mandate though several have signaled that more guidance is coming. But like other companies, the company isn’t allowing unvaccinated employees to take weekly Covid tests as an alternative.

United Airlines said that while we continue to be encouraged by the outpouring of support and appreciation that they received from employees, we know the decision to get vaccinated was a difficult one for some. But we also know that everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated. CEO Scott Kirby last week said that very few of the employees have resigned rather than get the vaccine.

He also added that the resignations to increase ahead of the deadline, but he believed that most workers who had yet to confirm their status are vaccinated and just haven’t gotten around to uploading proof of their vaccination status. Kirby added that the Biden administration’s policy requiring employer vaccine or testing mandates for businesses with 100 or more employees are the most efficient way. It is opposed to creating friction in airports, friction in subways, friction across the board.

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