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Boeing says workers must get vaccinated or face termination

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

The largest US planemaker Boeing has urged all of its workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or face termination.

“Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment,” Boeing stated in an internal message sent to all of its employees. “Employees who are unable to meet these requirements, and do not have an approved accommodation, by December 8 may be released from the company.”

The company’s move comes after the US tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google have both told employees that they would need proof of vaccination to return to their offices.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines, the largest US carrier, last week told its 100,000 US-based employees they must submit proof of full vaccination no later than Nov. 24 - or be fired.

United Airlines also imposed a vaccine mandate on its 60,000 employees, around 9,000 of whom are based in Texas.

Biden issued his vaccine mandate in September as his administration struggled to control the pandemic, which has killed more than 715,000 Americans.

Laws requiring proof of vaccinations are deeply controversial in the United States, with many Americans criticizing them as unconstitutional and authoritarian.

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