United Airlines to Require Vaccines for Workers; Delta, Southwest, and American Will Not

United Airlines announced that their employees will be required to get vaccinated but three other major airlines said they don’t plan to impose any vaccinate requirement for workers, CNN reports.

United became the first major airline to announce a vaccine mandate for its 67,000 employees, citing “incredibly compelling” evidence on the effectiveness of the shots.

“We know some of you will disagree with this decision to require the vaccine for all United employees,” CEO Scott Kirby and President Brett Hart told employees Friday. But, they said, “the facts are crystal clear: everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated.”

The airline estimated that 90% of its pilots and 80% of its flight attendants are already vaccinated.

The airline has no plans to require that passengers be vaccinated and the mandate does not extend to its United Express fleet.

The Air Line Pilots Association said that a “small number of pilots” don’t agree with the policy but the union believes it is legal. The flight attendants union also has not opposed the requirement.

But not Delta, Southwest, or American:

Delta in May became the first major carrier to require new hires be vaccinated but said it will not impose a vaccine requirement for workers, noting that 75% of its workforce has already gotten the shot.

"I think there's some additional steps and measures we can take to get the vaccine rates even higher, but what we're seeing is every day is those numbers continue to grow," Delta CEO Ed Bastian told Good Day New York on Tuesday.

An internal memo from Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said the airline will not require vaccinations but will “continue to strongly encourage” employees to get the shot.

American CEO Doug Parker said earlier this month that the airline would offer workers one extra vacation day if they get vaccinated by the end of August.

"We certainly encourage it everywhere we can, encourage it for our customers and our employees, but we're not putting mandates in place," he said.

Other companies require vax:

Google and Facebook became the first two Silicon Valley titans to issue vaccine mandates earlier this month.

Walmart and Disney followed suit just two days later with requirements of their own.

Other companies that have announced similar requirements include Netflix, Blackrock, Morgan Stanley, The Washington Post, Uber, Lyft, Twitter, Goldman Sachs, Tyson, and Walgreens.


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