Boeing retracts vaccine mandate

Boeing Aerospace announced that it suspending it’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for it’s United States employees, as of Friday, according to a report in Breitbart News. 

The publication reported that Boeing’s decision came after a U.S. District Court ruling halted President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

A spokesperson for Boening released a statement outlining the company’s new policy going forward, saying that they are still encouraging employee vaccination, but has suspended the requirement in light of the recent ruling:

“Boeing is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees, and advancing the health and safety of our global workforce,” the spokesperson said. 

“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.”

This comes on the heels of workers from Boeing joining the employees of other companies joining a massive protest against the vaccine mandates. 

“Boeing’s vaccine requirement went into effect in October after Biden mandated that federal contractors vaccinate their workforce or implement regular testing,” Breitbart News reported.

“Although the initial deadline was December 8, the Biden Administration extended the deadline to January 4 last month.”

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia order the Biden Administration to halt enforcement of the federal contractors mandate earlier this month. 

Included in the ruling was the relies of enforcements “in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States of America.” 

However, for their part, Boeing states that they have 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.

Around nine percent, or over 11,000 Boeing employees, have attempted to obtain exemptions on religious or medical grounds. The company employees joins companies like General Electric, HCA Healthcare, Spirit AeroSystems who have suspended their vaccine requirements.

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