Following the reduced numbers of COVID-19 in the United States, the country has eased the restrictions. One of the recent restrictions was by “united airlines,” allowing unvaccinated workers to resume their jobs.
Some workers failed to get vaccinated because of their religious or medical beliefs. The workers were on unpaid leave until they got vaccinated from certified facilities. The airline workers with medical and religious exemptions from getting the COVID-19 jab will resume work before the month ends.
More than two thousand employees will receive exemptions in 2021. However, the company transferred some of the workers to other roles that didn’t interact with travelers.
“We expect Covid case counts, hospitalizations and deaths to continue to decline nationally over the next few weeks, and, accordingly, we plan to welcome back those employees,” said kirk Limacher.
The airline company was among the first companies to put on strict COVID-19 restrictions last year when the country reported high cases of infection. More than 67,000 employees got vaccinated, 200 lost their jobs for the failure of complying with the mandate, and all new employees needed to be vaccinated.
According to the airline’s chief executive, Scott Kirby, the main reason behind implementing the strict restrictions was the many deaths of the airline companies. After writing letters to the families of the deceased. Scott described it as “the worst thing that I believe I will ever do in my career.”
“We concluded enough is enough,” Scoot said in an interview. “People are dying, and we can do something to stop that.”
The harsh restrictions put in place by the airline company helped save many lives “of an estimated 8-10 united employees since late September”. He added that vaccinated workers were “remarkably safe” than the unvaccinated employees.
“The nation is easing pandemic restrictions as the Omicron virus wave recedes. If a new variant emerges or case counts rise again, the airline may adjust course.” said Mr. Limacher.