American Airways unvaxxed employees who get COVID are on their very own
- When COVID-19 first emerged, many companies were moved to create a pandemic leave for those infected with the coronavirus.
- Now that the Food and Drug Administration has an approved vaccine for COVID-19, it is changing the face of what companies want to do for their employees who choose not to vaccinate.
- Many new employees these days are required to provide proof of vaccination to complete the hiring process.
The new policy will go into effect for non-Vaxxers in early October, however American Airlines employees who have been vaccinated will still be covered by the Pandemic Vacation Policy and will not have to use their own sick days to take time off work.
This seems to be a trend among airlines, as Alaska Airlines has also prevented idle employees from using special COVID-19 compensation for lost work due to the virus.
In addition, Alaska Airlines rewards its employees with a $ 200 vaccination bonus, and all new employees are required to provide proof of vaccination before officially hiring. The airline also requires all unvaccinated employees to attend a vaccination training program.
Last month, United Airlines became the first US airline to require vaccinations for all of its domestic employees. United has 67,000 employees in the U.S. and all new hires have been required to provide proof of vaccination since June 2021. Unvaccinated employees are required to wear face masks in United corporate offices.
Frontier Airlines also requires employees to be fully vaccinated by October 1 of this year. Workers who choose not to be vaccinated must take regular COVID-19 tests.
Other airlines try to get their employees to vaccinate, like Alaska Airlines, by offering incentives like bonuses or paid time off.
What triggers these changes?
When the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer as a vaccine, it opened the doors for companies to change their policies for COVID-19, as it was often the reason that no vaccine was available from employees who did not want to be vaccinated had been officially approved.
The airlines continue to require that everyone on board wear masks during the flight, except of course when eating or drinking.