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Despite wary labor unions and conservative opposition, Boeing will require all employees to be vaccinated

Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times on

Published in Business News

In an internal message Tuesday, Boeing management told its U.S. employees that with limited exceptions they must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 or face termination.

"Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment," states a Boeing internal presentation viewed by the Seattle Times. "Employees who are unable to meet these requirements, and do not have an approved accommodation, by December 8 may be released from the company."

Stating that "employees must take action soon," the company laid out deadlines for the various shots:

Moderna: First dose by October 27

Pfizer: First dose by November 3

J&J: Single dose by November 24

 

"Employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief must submit an accommodation request," Boeing stated.

Any employee granted such an exemption will have to "undergo frequent testing for COVID-19" and be ready to "present a negative test result upon request."

The policy will apply to roughly 125,000 employees in the U.S., with about 57,000 of those in Washington state.

In an internal labor relations presentation on its decision, Boeing noted that the move is necessary to ensure compliance with President Joe Biden's Executive Orders in September that mandated COVID-19 vaccination for all employees of the Federal government as well as companies that are contractors and subcontractors of the government.

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