Boeing drops COVID-19 requirement for U.S. employees

<p><p>Associated Press</p></p><p><p>SEATTLE – Aerospace giant Boeing said Friday it’s suspending a company vaccination requirement for all U.S.-based employees.</p></p><p><p>The company adopted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in October to ensure compliance with the federal executive order that required all employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated, the Seattle Times reported.</p></p><p><p><span class=”print_trim”>The mandate faced opposition from a vocal minority of Boeing workers.</span></p></p><p><p>In an internal company announcement, Boeing told employees its decision to suspend the mandate “comes after a detailed review of a U.S. District Court ruling earlier this month that halts the enforcement of a federal executive order requiring vaccinations for federal contractors.”</p></p><p><p>Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal, who is vaccinated, told the newspaper he still wants “to encourage every one of our workforce to get vaccinated.”</p></p><p><p>Pointing to how crucial vaccination is for hope of a global air travel recovery, Deal added “the world, and the airline industry, will recover under vaccination.”</p></p><p><p>Boeing’s statement cited “over 92% of the company’s U.S.-based workforce having registered as being fully vaccinated or having received a religious or medical accommodation.”</p></p><p><p>That means 8%, or about 10,000, U.S. employees could have been under threat to lose their jobs under the mandate.</p></p>