The Chicago carrier's workers have to do it by Oct. 25 or they’ll get sacked, the airline said in a Friday e-mail to its workers.
“We know some of you will disagree with this decision to require the vaccine for all United employees,” United executives said. But “the facts are crystal clear: everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated.”
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United Air is the first carrier to require vaccinations. It has 67,000 U.S. workers and estimates that as much as 90% of its pilots and almost 80% of its flight attendants already received vaccinations. It gave them incentives to take the needle.
At last check United Air shares were trading up 0.3% at $47.40.
TheStreet.com on Wednesday published a list of how major companies are dealing with the daunting Delta variant of the coronavirus.