United Airlines announced Thursday that 2,200 employees who received a medical or religious exemption against the COVID-19 vaccine but were put on unpaid leave can finally return to work by March 28.
According to Liberty Counsel, the airline said in a memo that the move was a result of the pandemic “beginning to meaningfully recede.”
United’s Vice President of Human Resources, Kirk Limacher, noted the reduction in case counts and hospitalizations from the Omicron variant along with the recent easing in mask guidelines from the CDC.
The company stated that it would reassess the situation if a new variant surfaces.
“Of course, if another variant emerges or the COVID trends suddenly reverse course, we will reevaluate the appropriate safety protocols at that time,” the memo revealed.
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