With the deadline for all of Boeing’s U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 having already passed, the company said Friday that it has suspended its vaccination requirement.
In a statement to KIRO Newsradio, a Boeing spokesperson said the company does continue to encourage employees to get vaccinated and get a booster if they have not done so already.
Boeing says the decision to suspend the vaccination requirement comes after a federal court’s decision “prohibiting enforcement of the federal contractor executive order and a number of state laws.”
The full statement from the spokesperson is below:
“Boeing is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees, and advancing the health and safety of our global workforce. As such, we continue to encourage our employees to get vaccinated and get a booster if they have not done so. Meanwhile, after careful review, Boeing has suspended its vaccination requirement in line with a federal court’s decision prohibiting enforcement of the federal contractor executive order and a number of state laws. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor and follow federal, state and local requirements.”
In October, Boeing had set the deadline of Dec. 8, 2021, as the day all employees in the United States must be fully vaccinated by or get an approved exemption they later extended it to Jan. 4 to match the federal mandate.
As we previously reported back in November Some 11,000 employees of the Boeing Co. — about 9% of the U.S. workforce — have sought religious or medical exemptions to a company and federal requirement that workers be vaccinated.
The number of exemptions sought was many times higher than executives expected. The requests have the company “scrambling for a strategy that keeps employees safe and complies with President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors, but avoids an exodus of engineering and factory labor,” the news report said.
On Oct. 15, three days after the company issued the vaccine mandate, more than 1000 people protested near the IAM District 751 union hall in Everett. People lined both sides of Airport Road, some carrying signs that had messages supporting “medical freedom.”
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