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United says about 90% staff vaccinated ahead of company deadline By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO A United Airlines Boeing 737-880 sits at a Gate after it arrived at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois. June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo

(Reuters) – United Airlines Holding Inc said on Thursday 95% of its management was fully vaccinated and about 90% of all employees had uploaded proof of shots ahead of the company’s Sept. 27 deadline for staff vaccination.

United Airlines has been firm in its refusal to vaccinate employees and was the first U.S. airline to declare that it will require vaccinations.

Last week, United said employees who receive religious exemptions from the company for COVID-19 vaccinations will be placed on temporary, unpaid personal leave from Oct. 2.

Chicago, Illinois-based United said nearly 20,000 employees have uploaded their records since the company announced its mandatory vaccination policy last month.

All those who have uploaded their vaccine card by Sept. 20th will receive an extra day’s pay.

The Biden administration said earlier this week that most federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than Nov. 22, pushing large employers to have their workers inoculated or tested weekly.

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