- Boeing is the latest federal contractor to tell employees they must show proof of vaccination under new rules from the Biden administration.
- Employees can optionally ask for a waiver or disability or religious belief.
- The aircraft maker has employees across the US
Boeing said Tuesday that about 125,000 of its US employees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or approve religious or medical exemptions by December 8 under President Joe Biden’s executive order for the federal contractor.
The aircraft maker, which makes both commercial and military aircraft, is the latest federal contractor to notify its employees that it will comply with the mandate.
In a statement, Boeing said the exemption would be “based on a disability or a sincere religious belief.” “Boeing will continue to carefully monitor the guidance of public health agencies and the requirements of federal, state and local governments to inform our COVID-19 policies.”
The Chicago-based company has aircraft production facilities in Washington state and South Carolina and major operations throughout the US, including California, Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama.
Airlines American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines are also federal contractors and recently told their employees that they would also comply with the order and that all employees must be approved by the airline for vaccinations or exemptions.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday barring companies in the state from vaccinating any employees who object to vaccination for medical, religious or personal reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.
Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines said Tuesday that it is reviewing the order “but we believe that the federal vaccine mandate supersedes any conflicting state laws, and it may not be anything for American.” doesn’t change.”