In September, the Biden Administration announced that federal contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8.
This created immense pressure for some U.S. airlines as they have also been working as federal contractors.
Southwest Airlines (LUV) - Get Southwest Airlines Co. Report is the latest airline to oblige. On October 4, the Dallas carrier mandated all its employees to be vaccinated by December 8 or risk losing jobs.
“Southwest Airlines must join our industry peers in complying with the federal government's COVID-19 vaccination directive,” said Southwest Airlines Chairman Gary Kelly. “I encourage all Southwest Employees to meet the federal directive, as quickly as possible, since we value every individual and want to ensure job security for all.”
Earlier, American Airlines (AAL) - Get American Airlines Group, Inc. Report, Alaska Airlines (ALK,) - Get Alaska Air Group, Inc. Report and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) - Get JetBlue Airways Corporation Report also made similar announcements.