Boeing has announced that it has suspended it’s COVID-19 shot mandate for its employees.
While Boeing told all staffers two months ago that they needed to get the COVID-19 jab or be fired, they have since told KOMO that they are suspending this mandate.
“Boeing is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees, and advancing the health and safety of our global workforce,” a Boeing spokesperson said. “As such, we continue to encourage our employees to get vaccinated and get a booster if they have not done so. Meanwhile, after careful review, Boeing has suspended its vaccination requirement in line with a federal court’s decision prohibiting enforcement of the federal contractor executive order and a number of state laws.”
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“As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor and follow federal, state and local requirements,” Boeing added.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal told CBS News that he wants “to encourage every one of our workforce to get vaccinated.” He added that “the world, and the airline industry, will recover under vaccination.”
Boeing has also said that “over 92% of the company’s U.S.-based workforce having registered as being fully vaccinated or having received a religious or medical accommodation.”
This means that about 8%, or around 10,000 employees in the U.S., have not gotten their COVID-19 shots.
A spokesperson for Boeing told The Seattle Times that “we’ll continue to communicate with employees if there are any changes in future.”
“According to the C.D.C., the vaccines are safe, effective and our best tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” said Dr. Laura Cain, Boeing’s chief medical officer, according to The New York Times. “I want to strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated or get a booster if they have not done so to help protect their teammates, families and communities.”
This comes days after Amtrak suspended it’s COVID-19 shot mandate.
“Recently a federal district court decision halted the enforcement of the Executive Order for federal contractors,” Amtrak said, according to The Hill. “This caused the company to reevaluate our policy and to address the uncertainty about the federal requirements that apply to Amtrak.”
“Amtrak will continue to update its vaccine policy as needed and follow the latest health and safety guidance,” Amtrak continued. “We believe these most recent changes are both appropriate and prudent, given the recent court decision and the continuing and evolving pandemic.”
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This piece was written by James Samson on December 18, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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