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The Wall Street Journal: United Airlines to let employees with COVID vaccine exemptions return to work

United Airlines Holdings Inc. will allow workers who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 for religious or medical reasons to return at the end of this month, according to people familiar with the decision.

The move permits staffers with exemptions from the carrier’s vaccination requirement for its U.S. employees to return from unpaid leave or from the non-customer-facing roles they were allowed to apply for as an alternative to their regular jobs, the people said.


said in August last year that its 67,000 U.S. employees would have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination, making it one of the first U.S. companies to impose such a mandate.

The airline’s employees overwhelmingly complied with the requirement. United has said it fired more 200 employees who refused vaccination, and they won’t be brought back, the people said.

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