The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles worldwide.
The company’s COVID vaccine requirement went into effect in October after President Biden mandated that federal contractors vaccinate their workforce or implement regular testing by January 4th, 2022.
In a big decision for the industry, Boeing just suspended its coronavirus vaccine mandate for U.S. employees on Friday after a recent U.S. District Court ruling halted President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
They join a growing number of health care systems, and other companies, including Amtrak and General Electric, who also suspended mandates that require employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Cleveland Clinic, which has 19 hospitals, was among the health care systems that announced this month that it would pause its vaccination policy. HCA Healthcare Inc., which has 183 hospitals in 20 states, made the same decision.
A Boeing spokesperson said:
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.
Boeing had already vaccinated more than 90 percent of its employees while the mandate was in effect. “The success of Boeing’s vaccination requirement to date positions the company well to comply with the federal executive order should it be reinstated in the future,” an internal Boeing announcement said.
However, over 11,000 Boeing employees sought an exemption from the mandate on religious or medical grounds. That number is roughly nine percent of the company’s U.S. workforce.
For those who decided to fight the tyrannical edict from the White House and chose to do what was best for their health, congratulations.
Hopefully, with the stress of the deadline no longer in place, all of Boeing’s employees will be able to enjoy the Christmas season to its fullest.