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United Airlines First Carrier to Require COVID Vaccines for All U.S. Workers

United Airlines joins the growing list of U.S. companies requiring vaccinations for all workers. It's the first carrier to do so.
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United Airlines  (UAL) - Get Free Report has joined the list of companies requiring their U.S. employees to get COVID vaccinations.

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. 

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“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.”

The company joins Google  (GOOGL) - Get Free Report, Disney  (DIS) - Get Free Report, Facebook  (FB) - Get Free Report, Goldman Sachs  (GS) - Get Free Report, Morgan Stanley  (MS) - Get Free Report, Netflix  (NFLX) - Get Free Report, Tyson Foods  (TSN) - Get Free Report and Walmart  (WMT) - Get Free Report in making the rule.

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.

Apple  (AAPL) - Get Free Report said on July 28 that masks would be required at most stores for all customers.

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McDonald's  (MCD) - Get Free Report said Aug. 2 that customers and employees were required to wear masks in areas of high transmission.

Target  (TGT) - Get Free Report said it would require all store workers to wear masks in counties the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says are at "high risk of transmission."

Starbucks  (SBUX) - Get Free Report "strongly recommends" customers wear masks in stores, even if they are vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Novavax  (NVAX) - Get Free Report shares slumped Friday after the drugmaker said it would delay its application for emergency approval of its coronavirus vaccine until year-end.