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Boeing drops COVID-19 requirement for U.S. employees

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 18, 2021

The logo for Boeing is shown at the New York Stock Exchange on July 13, 2021. The Aerospace giant said Friday it's suspending a company vaccination requirement for all U.S.-based employees.  (Associated Press )
The logo for Boeing is shown at the New York Stock Exchange on July 13, 2021. The Aerospace giant said Friday it's suspending a company vaccination requirement for all U.S.-based employees. (Associated Press )
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SEATTLE – Aerospace giant Boeing said Friday it’s suspending a company vaccination requirement for all U.S.-based employees.

The company adopted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in October to ensure compliance with the federal executive order that required all employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated, the Seattle Times reported.

The mandate faced opposition from a vocal minority of Boeing workers.

In an internal company announcement, Boeing told employees its decision to suspend the mandate “comes after a detailed review of a U.S. District Court ruling earlier this month that halts the enforcement of a federal executive order requiring vaccinations for federal contractors.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal, who is vaccinated, told the newspaper he still wants “to encourage every one of our workforce to get vaccinated.”

Pointing to how crucial vaccination is for hope of a global air travel recovery, Deal added “the world, and the airline industry, will recover under vaccination.”

Boeing’s statement cited “over 92% of the company’s U.S.-based workforce having registered as being fully vaccinated or having received a religious or medical accommodation.”

That means 8%, or about 10,000, U.S. employees could have been under threat to lose their jobs under the mandate.

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