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Boeing suspends COVID vaccination requirement for US employees

Dec 17, 2021, 11:37 AM | Updated: 11:47 am
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A woman walks by models of Boeing Co. aircraft at the Dubai Air Show on Nov. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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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 still encourages its 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 Boeing 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, or have an approved exemption.

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Boeing suspends COVID vaccination requirement for US employees