More than 97 percent of United Airlines’ U.S. employees are vaccinated against Covid-19 as the carrier’s deadline for its vaccine mandate nears, the airline reported in a memo to employees this morning.
Per the mandate announced in August, United’s U.S. employees have until Sept. 27 to upload records that they have at least received their first dose of one of the approved vaccines. United stated that it will begin the “separation procedure” for employees who have not reported and received their vaccines or were denied an extension. To be completely vaccinated, employees have to report their vaccinations by Oct. 31.
United’s mandate came before U.S. President Joe Biden announced executive orders that included asking the U.S. Department of Labor to develop a requirement for vaccines or weekly testing at any business with more than 100 employees. United claims that the 97% vaccination rate excludes employees who seek an exemption.