MIAMI – United Airlines (UA) has announced that it will require all new employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. UA says that current employees are exempt, but that those who do get vaccinated will receive additional vacation time.

Following a similar move by Delta Air Lines last month, UA this month will require new employees to show proof of vaccination. A CNBC story says that job offers made after June 15 will carry the requirement for all US-based employees. Internationally based employees are exempt. Along with Delta and American, UA will offer extra time off or extra pay to current employees already vaccinated.

United Airlines Boeing 757-200n N14102 Special Livery “Her Art Here NY NY.” Photo: Andrew Henderson/Airways

Comments from United Airlines


“As we welcome new employees to the company, it’s important we instill in them United’s strong commitment to safety,” the airline said in a note to staff, which was tweeted by Brian Sumers, editor-at-large at travel-industry site Skift. CNBC says that UA will evaluate religious or medical circumstances of candidates who can’t be vaccinated.

Businessinsider.com says that UA offered its MileagePlus passengers the chance to win a year of free flights if they can show they are vaccinated.


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