The deadline for United Airlines employees to get vaccinated or lose their job has been bumped up now that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been granted full FDA approval.
United Airlines confirmed on Monday that all of its 67,000 employees in the US will need to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 27 or face getting fired.
United’s mandate originally spelled out that workers must get vaccinated by Oct. 25 or five weeks from FDA approval of any vaccine, whichever came first.
The carrier is the only major US airline to mandate its workers get vaccinated.
Following United’s announcement earlier this month, CEOs of Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines all said that they were not changing their policies and insisted that many of their employees were already vaccinated even without a mandate. Alaska Airlines said it was considering an employee mandate if a vaccine became fully FDA approved.