The first major airline to make covid-19 vaccination mandatory, United Airlines has decided to lay off its employees who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, the DPA reported, as quoted by Agerpres.
United Airlines announced Wednesday that their employment contract will be terminated to 232 employees who have decided not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I wish we had 100% of our employees vaccinated, but of our 67,000 employees in the U.S., there are 232 who have not been vaccinated and they will begin the procedure for terminating the contract,” united airlines chief executive steve kirby said.
Currently, 99.7% of United Airlines employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
After this company made the decision to vaccinate its staff, other airlines, such as Hawaiian Airlines and Frontier Airlines, followed suit. Many airlines support the vaccination of their employees, but without introducing its obligation.
Delta Airlines remains the largest U.S. airline that has not made it compulsory for its employees to fully vaccinate, but in its case, too, 90% of employees had been vaccinated by Wednesday.