The world is finally opening up again after the rough year we’ve had with the pandemic.
Thanks to the COVID vaccine, places are dipping their toes into the deep end — actually allowing employees and guests to go maskless.
Many places — like Target, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Costco, and Starbucks — are having to make the hard decision on whether to REQUIRE proof of vaccination for employees and customers, alike.
Think about it — some places like schools, big event venues, cruise lines, and more need to come up with an action plan for employing vaccinated individuals.
Two businesses that have already made those heavy and hard decisions are Delta and United Airlines.
Both airlines are going to require that all NEW employees be fully vaccinated — they won’t hire unvaccinated individuals.
At United Airlines, this mandate will go into effect on June 15th, so if you want a job in the airline industry, you best go get your vaccine.
As we welcome new employees to the company, it’s important we instill in them United’s strong commitment to safety. Effective for all job offers made after June 15, 2021, we will require any external candidates for U.S.-based jobs to attest that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date.United Airlines Statement via CBS News
Scott Kirby, United Airlines CEO, made the statement that requiring new hires to get vaccinated was the “right thing to do” for his airline and other companies.
So, if you are a new hire at the airline, you will be required to upload a copy of your vaccination card to United within 7 days of hire, or face being terminated before you even really start.
Now, Delta was the early bird in the mandate race to require new-hires to get fully vaccinated.
They announced LAST MONTH that they would be requiring all new-hires to their airline be fully vaccinated.
Approximately two out of 10 Americans have been infected by COVID-19, and one out of 1,000 Americans has died from the virus. The vaccines are not only extremely effective in preventing illness and symptoms from COVID-19, but they are also nearly 100 percent effective in preventing hospitalization and death.Delta Statement via CBS News
It may seem like a bit of a double standard, but the airlines are not currently requiring employees that already work there to be vaccinated.
Although, it seems like a good idea to me, since they are with the public all day long in a confined petri dish of sorts.
What about other airlines? Will they follow suit?
Well, I don’t know about ALL the other airlines, but American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Alaskan Airlines have said that they will continue with the status quo — they have no plans to require new hires to get vaccinated.
BUT, American Airlines is offering big incentives — even vacations — for those employees who choose to partake of the vaccine.
All the more reason to bite the bullet, and just go get the vaccine, already!