The Associated Press reports:
Southwest Airlines on Monday became the latest U.S. airline to require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Southwest has 54,000 employees.
The Dallas-based company said its workers must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 in order to remain at the airline. Employees can seek approval to skip the shots due to medical or religious reasons.
Southwest said it has to mandate vaccines because of new rules from the Biden administration requiring companies with federal contracts to have vaccinated staffs. Southwest’s work for the government includes flying the military in emergencies and carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service.
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