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All Southwest Airlines employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a. According to Press release issued by the company on Monday.

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“Southwest Airlines must join forces with our industry peers in complying with the federal government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive,” said gary kelly, President and CEO of Southwest Airlines. “I encourage all Southwest employees to complete the federal directive as soon as possible, as we value each individual and want to ensure job security for all.”

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Southwest employees must be vaccinated or approved for religious, medical or disability housing by December 8, the company said.

The move follows a similar policy from United Airlines, which recently began the process of sacking employees who refused to be vaccinated.

About 600 United employees faced dismissals before the company announced last week that the number of employees facing termination for refusing to vaccinate against COVID-19 had dropped by nearly half to 320, from its 67,000. More US workers had provided proof of vaccination.

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United Airlines announced in August Describing it as an important safety measure, US workers would need to be vaccinated. Employees faced a deadline this Monday for uploading images of their vaccination cards showing they had received at least one shot.

The airline policies follow a broader workplace vaccine requirement from the Biden administration, which requires employers with more than 100 workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination or weekly test for the virus. Federal employees are also required to be vaccinated, as are members of the US military.

In the face of the most recent COVID-19 surge, more companies have announced their own vaccine requirements in hopes of increasing pressure on employees to get the shots.

Lawyers for the Justice Department determined that federal law does not prohibit public agencies and private businesses from mandating COVID-19 vaccines under emergency use authorization, according to an opinion posted by the DOJ in August, Granthshala. News informed of.

The US hit an important milestone last week: 200 million people in the US have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As of the latest, more than 214 million people, or 64.6% of the total US adult population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.