American, Delta, Southwest Will Encourage, But Not Mandate, Jabs for Unvaccinated Workers

Hawaiian Airlines to Require Vaccinations of All Employees

Masked Southwest Airlines employees at LaGuardia Airport

By Kurt Stolz on 11 August 2021
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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines won’t require current unvaccinated employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a stance that stands in contrast with United Airlines’ CEO’s mandate that its workers get fully vaccinated by October 25 in order to remain employed at the airline.

On Monday, the CEO Hawaiian Airlines, the nation’s tenth largest carrier, told workers that they must get vaccinated and have received their second dose of vaccine by November 1 of this year.

Delta Air Lines is, however, mandating that all new hires be inoculated as a condition of employment.

American is taking the carrot-and-stick approach.  It is offering employees who get vaccinated in August an additional day off in 2022.

“We are strongly encouraging our team members to get vaccinated, and we are offering an incentive for those who do,” the world’s largest airline said in a statement.

Meanwhile, in an internal memo viewed by Frequent Business Traveler, the CEO of Southwest Airlines, Gary Kelly, said that his airline will “continue to strongly encourage” workers to get inoculated, but indicated that its position on mandatory vaccinations has not changed.

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