United Airlines will now require its 67,000 employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations by late October. Company executives say it’s a matter of safety, citing compelling evidence that the vaccines are effective. Employees who refuse to provide a vaccine card to the company will be terminated, with exemptions granted only for religious or health reasons.
According to the airline, the majority of its pilots and flight attendants are already vaccinated. United, which has a major hub at Newark airport, is the first major airline carrier to require vaccinations for its workers.