United Airlines to Layoff 593 Employees for Not Getting Vaccinated

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United Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, USA, 22 February 2021. Federal regulators and United Airlines recently announced they will be grounding 24 Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines, the same engine used in the United Flight 328, tail number N772UA incident that experienced a right engine failure that scattered parts over a neighborhood in Colorado bound for Honolulu, Hawaii and made an emergency on its return to Denver International Airport. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO
United Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, USA, 22 February 2021. Federal regulators and United Airlines recently announced they will be grounding 24 Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines, the same engine used in the United Flight 328, tail number N772UA incident that experienced a right engine failure that scattered parts over a neighborhood in Colorado bound for Honolulu, Hawaii and made an emergency on its return to Denver International Airport. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

United Airlines is terminating nearly 600 employees for failing to get vaccinated for the novel coronavirus, the company said in a statement to Sputnik.

“I can also confirm that 593 employees chose not to comply with the vaccine requirement and as a result, we’ve started the process to separate them from the company,” the statement said on Tuesday.

These employees account for less than 1 percent of its US workforce, according to a company memo attached to the statement.

The company extended the deadline for those who applied for a medical or religious accommodation, the memo said, which media outlets reported as amounting to around 2,000. The company said they did so “in light of a pending court case.”

American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest Airlines do not have a vaccine mandate for their employees.

Since January 2020, about 692,274 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than 43.2 million infections have been reported nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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