Boeing drops COVID-19 vaccine mandate for some 10,000 unvaccinated U.S. employees

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Aerospace large Boeing mentioned Friday it is suspending a company vaccination requirement for all U.S.-based employees.

The Seattle Times stories the company adopted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in October to make sure compliance with the federal government order that required all employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated.

The mandate confronted opposition from a vocal minority of Boeing staff.

In an inside company announcement, Boeing advised employees its choice to droop the mandate “comes after a detailed review of a U.S. District Court ruling earlier this month that halts the enforcement of a federal executive order requiring vaccinations for federal contractors.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal, who’s vaccinated, advised the newspaper he nonetheless desires “to encourage every one of our workforce to get vaccinated.”

Pointing to how essential vaccination is for hope of a world air journey recovery, Deal added that “the world, and the airline industry, will recover under vaccination.”

Boeing’s assertion cited “over 92% of the company’s U.S.-based workforce having registered as being fully vaccinated or having received a religious or medical accommodation.”

That means 8%, or about 10,000, U.S. employees might have been beneath risk to lose their jobs beneath the mandate.

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