United Airways pilot Steve Lindland receives a COVID-19 vaccine from RN Sandra Manella at United’s onsite clinic at O’Hare Worldwide Airport on March 09, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
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United Airways hasn’t had a Covid-related demise amongst its practically 70,000 staff in eight weeks, a development its CEO says is as a result of airline’s vaccine mandate.
United in August issued the strictest vaccine mandate amongst U.S. carriers: employees have to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid or face termination. This fall, greater than 96% of its employees was vaccinated, the corporate stated.
Like in the remainder of the nation and at different airways, Covid infections have surged amongst United employees, forcing the service to chop further flights, a transfer United and different airways have taken since late final yr. About 3,000 United staff are constructive for Covid, CEO Scott Kirby instructed staff late Monday. Zero are hospitalized, he stated.
“Previous to our vaccine requirement, tragically, a couple of United worker on common *per week* was dying from COVID,” Kirby wrote in a employees notice. “However we have now gone eight straight weeks with zero COVID-related deaths amongst our vaccinated staff – based mostly on United’s prior expertise and the nationwide information associated to COVID fatalities among the many unvaccinated, meaning there are roughly 8-10 United staff who’re alive in the present day due to our vaccine requirement.”
Different airways did not instantly remark. United put its vaccine mandate in place earlier than the Biden administration required federal contractors, like main airways, to mandate vaccines or obtain a medical or non secular exemption for employees.