Boeing Mandates Covid-19 Vaccine for U.S. Employees

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The aerospace company will require proof of vaccination or approved exemption status

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According to union officials, the aerospace company informed the unions about its plans on Tuesday.

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Boeing, one of America’s largest defense contractors, has encouraged vaccinations for employees like its peers, but most had shut down with less than a mandate. The White House requires federal employees and contractors to comply with its executive order on vaccinations by December 8.

An executive order signed last month by President Biden and additional White House guidance would require employees of government contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Biden administration has also said it requires companies that employ 100 or more workers to vaccinate their employees or undergo regular COVID-19 testing, but do not have the same testing allowance as for contractors. .

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Most major US airlines have said they expect to treat the government as contractors because of their business, and have announced plans to implement the vaccine requirement without exception, except for those Qualify for housing for religious or medical reasons.

Boeing has not disclosed vaccination rates among employees and has said it is reviewing the effects of the White House order.

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Last month it said it would make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for 125,000 of its US workers as a condition of employment by January 1.

Other defense companies including Lockheed Martin Corporation

has stated that their employee vaccination rates are well above the local and national averages. Although rates vary widely, at some shipyards only half of the workforce has been vaccinated, company officials have said.

Doug Cameron at [email protected]

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