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Boeing mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all 125,000 US staff

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As part of a new mandatory policy, about 125,000 Boeing employees in the United States will be forced to receive the COVID-19 immunization by December 8, 2021.

Boeing will tighten its policy on staff immunization in response to an executive order issued by US President Joe Biden in September 2021 on maintaining sufficient COVID-19 virus safety standards for federal contractors.

According to Reuters on October 12, 2021, the American aviation maker has required its US-based employees to “present proof of vaccination” by December 8, 2021.

The new vaccine obligation is expected to affect about 125,000 Boeing employees operating across the United States, with exceptions for those who have “an approved reasonable accommodation based on a disability or genuinely held religious belief.”

Due to Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s decree, which presently forbids anybody from issuing COVID-19 vaccine obligations, including private businesses like Boeing, temporary exceptions will be allowed for Texas-based Boeing employees. As a result, more than 5,000 Boeing employees in Texas are exempt from the existing rule.

“The Boeing immunization obligation does not apply to local sites immediately due to the Texas EO,” Boeing explained.

Other US-based enterprises with more than 100 employees must likewise develop a required vaccine policy, according to the executive order.

Non-vaccinated workers, on the other hand, have the option of opting for regular COVID-19 testing instead.

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