Fresno, California 2021-10-05 13:30:17 –
The Dallas-based company said workers would need to be fully vaccinated by December 8 to stay on the airline. Employees may seek approval to skip shots for medical or religious reasons.
Southwest Airlines said vaccinations need to be mandated due to a new rule from the Biden administration requiring vaccination staff to be assigned to companies with federal contracts. Southwest Airlines’ government efforts include flying troops in emergencies and transporting mail to the United States Postal Service.
Last week, rivals American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue told staff that they needed to be vaccinated. United Airlines in August was the first major airline to do this, saying that more than 97% of its workers have been vaccinated since then. United also said it would put staff who could not fire for medical or religious reasons on unpaid leave until the COVID-19 infection rate dropped.
Southwest has 54,000 employees.
With the announcement, Delta is the only major US airline that does not require shots.
Instead of being obliged, Delta charges unvaccinated workers an additional $ 200 as medical insurance.
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