United Airlines to require COVID-19 vaccines for new US employees

CHICAGO — United Airlines confirmed Monday that it will require new U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

According to United, new employees will be required to upload their COVID-19 vaccine cards into the airline’s internal system, and the step is being taken to combat the spread of the virus, KABC reported.

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“As we welcome new employees to the company, it’s important we instill in them United’s strong commitment to safety. As part of this commitment, effective for all job offers made after June 15, 2021, we will require any external candidates for U.S.-based jobs to attest that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date,” United stated.

The Chicago-based airline did note that it will evaluate the cases of people who are unable to receive a vaccination due to medical or religious reasons, the TV station reported.

According to CNBC, airlines spent much of the past year shedding workers amid pandemic-fueled travel disruptions, but carriers such as United have committed publicly to resuming the hiring of pilots and other positions as travel demands increase.

Delta Air Lines is the only other carrier to date to announce vaccination requirements for new hires, KABC reported.

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