The face-masked Boeing worker leaves the Boeing Renton plant on April 20, 2020, which produces Boeing 737 MAX aircraft built in Renton, Washington.
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Boeing said Tuesday that nearly 125,000 U.S. employees must present a document confirming the Covid-19 vaccine or have approved religious or medical freedom by Dec. 8, according to President Joe Biden’s federal contractor order.
The aircraft manufacturer, which manufactures both commercial and military aircraft, is the newest federal contractor to notify its employees of the assignment.
A Boeing statement said the privileges were “based on disability or sincere religious belief.” “Boeing will continue to closely follow the instructions of health agencies and the requirements of federal, state and local governments to notify us of our COVID-19 policy.”
The Chicago-based company has aircraft manufacturing plants in Washington state and South Carolina and major operations across the United States, including California, Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama.
American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines are also federal contractors and recently told their employees that they too must complete the order and be approved by the airline to vaccinate or release all employees.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued a decree banning state-owned companies from forcing workers who are against the vaccine for medical, religious or personal reasons, including Covid’s pre-treatment vaccine.
On Tuesday, Texas-based American Airlines said it was considering an order for Fort Worth, “but we believe federal federal vaccine jurisdictions violate state law and that doesn’t change anything for Americans.”