Southwest Airlines will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, the airline says.
By requesting the vaccine, Southwest, based in Dallas, along with American, JetBlue, Alaska, and United, based in Fort Worth, will adhere to Biden administration guidelines.
“Southwest Airlines must join our industry peers in complying with the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination policy,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Southwest Airlines, in a written statement. “I encourage all Southwest employees to comply with the federal policy as soon as possible because we value each individual and want to ensure job security for all.”
According to federal regulations, federal entrepreneurs must be vaccinated against the coronavirus unless they are granted a religious or medical exception. Large airlines are government contractors because they fly government employees, cargo, and other services, according to CNBC.
American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways announced on October 1 that their employees will also meet the October 8 vaccination deadline.
United Airlines announced their vaccination requirements in early August.
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