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United Airlines Will Require US Employees to be Vaccinated

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United Airlines will require U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by late October, and maybe sooner.

Posted: Aug 6, 2021 10:04 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2021 10:05 AM

(AP) - United Airlines will require U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by late October, and maybe sooner.

United announced the decision Friday. The airline joins a growing number of big corporations that will require vaccinations.

This is happening as a mutant variation of COVID-19 drives a surge in new infections. United CEO Scott Kirby says he knows some employees will disagree with the decision. But he says it's clear — that everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated.

United has 67,000 employees in the U.S. It's the first major U.S. airline to say it will require vaccinations for workers.

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