Boeing suspends vaccination requirement for U.S. employees
CHICAGO, Ill., December 18, 2021 – In an internal email notification provided to the Lynnwood Times, Boeing announced that it is suspending the vaccination requirement for all U.S.-based employees.
Boeing said it made this decision to suspend its vaccination requirement in order to ensure compliance with the federal executive order.
“This decision comes after a detailed review of a U.S. District Court ruling earlier this month that halts the enforcement of a federal executive order requiring vaccinations for federal contractors, a recent Executive Branch directive not to enforce the order on those contractors and a number of state laws which limit an employer’s ability to impose mandatory vaccine requirements.”
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On December 7, Judge R. Stan Baker of the U.S. district court in Georgia issued a preliminary injunction preventing the federal government “from enforcing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States of America.”
This followed another preliminary injunction issued by Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on November 30, halting President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14042 mandating a national vaccine requirement.
Last month, the Biden Administration extended the vaccination requirement from December 8, 2021 to January 4, 2022. However, on December 9, a pentagon spokeswoman announced that the Defense Department has suspended the enforcement of the mandate for federal contractors.
According to the BNN (Boeing News) announcement, over 92% of Boeing’s U.S. workforce has registered as being fully vaccinated or having received a religious or medical accommodation.
“As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to prioritize health, safety and care for our teammates,” said Dr. Laura Cain, Boeing chief medical officer. “According to the CDC, the vaccines are safe, effective and our best tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I want to strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated or get a booster if they have not done so to help protect their teammates, families and communities.”