United Airlines: 97% US workers fully vaccinated
CHICAGO — United Airlines officials say 97% of its U.S. employees are fully vaccinated.
There’s less than a week to go before United employees face a deadline to get the shots or get fired. The Chicago-based airline with 67,000 U.S. employees is among a group of companies that announced they would require vaccinations.
The airline says a small number of employees are seeking a medical or religious exemption from vaccination. Employees who get an exemption will be placed on leave starting Oct. 2 and could eventually come back. However, they might have to wear a mask and undergo weekly testing for the coronavirus.
The airline said last month that up to 90% of pilots and nearly 80% of flight attendants were vaccinated. It didn’t give a companywide figure at the time.
United Airlines workers who apply unsuccessfully for an exemption will have five weeks after their denial to get vaccinated.