United Airlines Announces COVID Vaccine Will Be Mandatory For All New Employees

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United becomes the second major US airline to announce that the COVID vaccine will be mandatory for all new employees starting next Tuesday — after trying to incentivize current employees to take the opportunity by offering them extra vacation days

  • United requires all new employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from June 15
  • They are the second airline to mandate the vaccine; Delta announced a similar policy last month
  • The announcement has divided Americans; many support the policy, while others argue it violated employees’ personal health choices
  • United’s current employees are not required to be vaccinated, but the company has offered three additional vacation days to those who get the chance
  • United says about 80 percent of 96,000 employees have already provided proof of vaccination vaccinatie

United Airlines has announced that all new employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before joining the company.

The airline made the announcement in a memo Monday, becoming the second major U.S. carrier to order new recruits the opportunity. Delta announced a similar policy late last month in a move that divided millions of Americans.

“As we welcome new hires to the company, it is important that we instill in them United’s strong commitment to safety,” United wrote in their memo.

“Effective for all job postings posted after June 15, 2021, we will require all outside applicants for US jobs to confirm that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date.”

New recruits must upload their vaccination card into the United system within a week of joining the company.

Current United employees are not required to be vaccinated, but the company has strongly urged it.

Earlier this week, she boosted the vaccine by announcing that they would give three additional vacation days to workers who receive their first injection before June 9.

The company says that about 80 percent of its 96,000 employees have already provided proof of vaccination.

United Airlines has announced that all new employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before joining the company

United Airlines has announced that all new employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before joining the company

United CEO Scott Kirby expressed his support for mandating the vaccine at a staff event at City Hall in January.

“If other companies go along and are willing to mandate vaccines, you can expect United to be one of the first companies to do it,” he said.

United has also urged its customers to have the vaccine as well, and they are holding a competition offering flights for a year-long trip.

Under the terms of their “Your Shot to Fly” sweepstakes, members of the airline’s frequent flyer program who upload their vaccination records to United’s website before mid-June will be eligible to win round-trip flights for two, in any class of service, to anywhere in the world United flies.

The airline will be giving away 30 pairs of tickets during the month of June before announcing five randomly selected members for a grand prize of a year of travel for themselves and a travel companion.

'It's important we instill in them United's strong commitment to safety': United hopes to see airports full of people as soon as possible, and mandatory vaccination of new employees could make customers feel more comfortable taking to the skies .  Pictured: Fort Lauderdale Airport in March 2020

‘It’s important we instill in them United’s strong commitment to safety’: United hopes to see airports full of people as soon as possible, and mandatory vaccination of new employees could make customers feel more comfortable taking to the skies . Pictured: Fort Lauderdale Airport in March 2020

Delta announced they were mandating COVID vaccines for new recruits on May 14.

We know that vaccines are the best tool we have to protect each other and end the pandemic,” the company said at the time.

It called the move to require vaccines for new hires important as “our business is recovering and the demand for air travel continues to rise.”

Reactions to the news were deeply divided.

Some welcomed the suggestion for the safety of customers, some of whom may not be able to get the vaccine themselves for medical reasons.

Others were outraged that the airline is forcing new recruits to get the vaccine if they want the job.

“What happened to ‘my body, my choice’?” one person raged on social media.

United CEO Scott Kirby expressed his support for mandating the vaccine at a staff event at City Hall in January

United CEO Scott Kirby expressed his support for mandating the vaccine at a staff event at City Hall in January

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