US airlines introduce mandatory employee vaccination

New York / Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Under the pressure of state requirements, other US airlines oblige their employees to have corona vaccinations.

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Jet Blue, as reported by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, citing circulars to employees, among others.

Lufthansa also wants to continue to fully vaccinate its flight crew against Corona but cannot rely on a mandatory vaccination as with the Swiss subsidiary Swiss. According to Lufthansa, stable, global flight operations will otherwise not be feasible in the future. Individual countries have already required the vaccination for pilots, flight attendants and flight attendants, others would follow.

US President Joe Biden decreed that from December 8th, only companies with vaccinated employees will receive government contracts. Several airlines assume that they fall under this rule.

United Airlines had previously prescribed corona vaccinations for all employees. More than 96 percent fulfilled the requirement, just under 600 employees refused and should be dismissed. Around half of them then gave in, as the Wall Street Journal reported, citing United operating airline, we advocate a mandatory vaccination for our crews and also need a way to record the vaccination data. ” At the end of August, Lufthansa announced that it was working on appropriate agreements with the staff representatives. A spokesman said on request: “We are in contact with the co-determination committees to find a solution.” to meet the entry requirements of many countries, it said. For operational planning, it must at least be possible to request and record the Covid vaccination data from crews.

The Swiss Lufthansa subsidiary introduced mandatory vaccination for crews in August and wants to terminate cabin crew that is does not get vaccinated against the coronavirus. All must be fully vaccinated by December 1st.

New Zealand’s national airline, Air New Zealand, will only allow fully vaccinated passengers on international flights from February onwards. “The compulsory vaccination on our international flights gives both customers and employees the certainty that everyone on board meets the same health requirements,” said CEO Greg Foran. The vaccination against Covid – 19 is “the new reality for international travel”.

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