On Monday, United Airlines’ 67,000 employees were asked to provide proof of vaccination to ensure they would keep their jobs.
The vast majority have done so — but nearly 600 employees have yet to take an injection. Now they risk losing their jobs, reports BBC News.
– This was a very difficult decision, says one of the company’s directors in a letter to employees, according to the BBC.
However, it is not too late for the laggards. Can they prove that they received at least one dose and simply failed to provide the vaccination certificate in a timely manner could be a mitigating cause – the other being that they take the first shot before formal separation negotiations begin.
The United States lags behind in the vaccination rate
In the United States, a large percentage of the population is still not immunized. According to Our World in Data, just over 56 percent of the US population has received double doses—the corresponding figure in Sweden is roughly 64 percent. According to the Swedish Public Health Agency, more than 76 percent of Swedes over the age of 16 have received two doses.
US President Joe Biden left earlier in September and announced that if you as a government employee do not want disciplinary action taken against you, you should get vaccinated. Companies with more than 100 employees must ensure that employees have either been vaccinated or tested at least once – or else a fine awaits.
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