Oct 2, 2021 - Economy

American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue add staff vaccine mandates

 Workers prepare an American Airlines plane at a gate before its flight from the Miami International Airport on June 16, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

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American Airlines, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have joined United Airlines in mandating that employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19, per the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has been pressing businesses to require workers to be vaccinated against the virus as vaccination rates flatten across the U.S.

The big picture: American Airlines told staff on Friday that it would require all employees based in the U.S. and "certain international crew members" to be vaccinated, per a memo obtained by Reuters.

  • The American memo gave no timeline. But JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines said Friday they'd implement a vaccine mandate as early as Dec. 8, AP notes. That's the deadline the White House has given for federal contractors to be inoculated, with limited exceptions.
  • Delta said it's "still evaluating Biden's order," according to AP.
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