United Airlines to Layoff 593 Employees for Not Getting Vaccinated

© REUTERS / CHRIS HELGRENA United Airlines passenger jet takes off with New York City as a backdrop, at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. December 6, 2019.
A United Airlines passenger jet takes off with New York City as a backdrop, at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. December 6, 2019.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.09.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - United Airlines is terminating nearly 600 employees for failing to get vaccinated for the novel coronavirus, the company said in a statement to Sputnik.
These employees account for less than 1 percent of its US workforce, according to a company memo attached to the statement.
"I can also confirm that 593 employees chose not to comply with the vaccine requirement and as a result, we’ve started the process to separate them from the company," the statement said on Tuesday.
The company extended the deadline for those who applied for a medical or religious accommodation, the memo said, which media outlets reported as amounting to around 2,000. The company said they did so "in light of a pending court case."
American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest Airlines do not have a vaccine mandate for their employees.
Since January 2020, about 692,274 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than 43.2 million infections have been reported nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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