A United Airlines Boeing 737 is seen taxiing on Miami International Airport (MIA) runway. (Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:10 PM PT – Friday, January 22, 2021
All 60,000 United Airlines employees could soon be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: United Airlines crew members are seen arriving at the Novotel Hotel in Darling Harbour on December 03, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
In an employee townhall Thursday, United CEO Scott Kirby said he wants to make it mandatory because he is confident the vaccine is safe and he wants to ensure the safety of employees and customers.
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 22: Wearing a face mask to reduce the risk posed by the coronavirus, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby joins fellow airline executives, union heads and politicians for a news conference to call on Congress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
However, Kirby said more companies need to be on board with the plan for it to work.
A man sits in his car as a healthcare worker gets ready to inoculate him with Covid-19 vaccine at the Fairplex in Pomona, California on January 22, 2021. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Other airlines, including Southwest and American, highly encourage their employees to get vaccinated, but do not currently require it.