United Airlines decided to take this step after American airline Delta Air Lines announced last month that it would not hire people who have not been vaccinated against covid-19.
“Anyone who joins Delta Air Lines in the future must be vaccinated against the new coronavirus to apply for this job,” CEO Ed Bastian said in May. Reuters.
Bastian added that this rule does not apply to existing employees. According to the company, by May, more than 60% of its employees had been vaccinated.
United Airlines recently took the same move.
The company said in a statement: “For all job opportunities that take effect after June 15, 2021, we will require job applicants in the United States to confirm that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.” CBS News.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby announced in January that his airline might start recruiting only those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Other American airlines said they do not plan to require employees to be vaccinated.
“We strongly encourage members of our team to vaccinate and provide rewards for those who vaccinate. But we do not plan to require mandatory vaccinations unless it is necessary to travel to certain destinations,” said an American Airlines spokesperson.