MIAMI – United Airlines (UA) has announced that it will require all new employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. UA says that current employees are exempt, but that those who do get vaccinated will receive additional vacation time.

Following a similar move by Delta Air Lines last month, UA this month will require new employees to show proof of vaccination. A CNBC story says that job offers made after June 15 will carry the requirement for all US-based employees. Internationally based employees are exempt. Along with Delta and American, UA will offer extra time off or extra pay to current employees already vaccinated.

United Airlines Boeing 757-200n N14102 Special Livery “Her Art Here NY NY.” Photo: Andrew Henderson/Airways

Comments from United Airlines

“As we welcome new employees to the company, it’s important we instill in them United’s strong commitment to safety,” the airline said in a note to staff, which was tweeted by Brian Sumers, editor-at-large at travel-industry site Skift. CNBC says that UA will evaluate religious or medical circumstances of candidates who can’t be vaccinated. says that UA offered its MileagePlus passengers the chance to win a year of free flights if they can show they are vaccinated.

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