United Airlines’ unvaccinated workforce drops from 593 to 320 after the company announced it was being laid off

A United Airlines plane takes off at San Francisco International Airport.

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United Airlines said the number of employees facing dismissal for not being vaccinated against Covid-19 has fallen by almost half since the first vaccination deadline late Monday.

The Chicago-based airline began laying off 593 workers Tuesday, though the final split would take weeks. As of Thursday, only 320 employees had not been vaccinated.

United has the strictest vaccination mandate policies of any US airline. In August, the company informed its 67,000 US employees that they would need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the fall in order to continue working there. Approximately 2,000 United employees have applied for a waiver for medical or religious reasons.

“Our vaccine policy continues to prove that the requirements are working – in less than 48 hours the number of unvaccinated employees who began separating from the company has almost halved from 593 to 320,” United said in a statement.

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