COVID-19: Airlines, companies require all ‘new employees’ to be vaccinated

*Reports indicate several major companies and organisations are requiring the same measure and finding a good payoff around the world

*United Airlines and Ghanaian authorities have welcomed the resumption of the Airlines reconnecting Washington, D.C., in the United States, and Accra

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In order to demonstrate how serious the transnational airline is taking the opportunity to be flying again, Delta Airlines will require all new employees to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It was learnt the airline’s move makes it one of the few major corporations to mandate that hiring requirement.

Ed Bastian, Chief Executive of Delta Airlines, said in an interview with CNN evening Thursday, May 13, 2021, said: “Any person joining Delta in the future, a future employee, we’re going to mandate they be vaccinated before they can sign up with the company.”

United Airlines reconnects Washington, D.C., and Accra   Photo: SimpleFlying

Bastian though stated the Airlines current staff are exempted, he said 75-80 percent of employees have already been vaccinated, and that he would “strongly encourage” the others to step up as well.

As Delta Airlines has made the first move, it’s possible that other global airlines may follow suit soon.

But, for the time being, Delta is flying solo in this effort, according to report.

Recall that United’s President Scott Kirby floated the idea to employees January 2021, but he said the carrier could not “realistically be the only company” to do so at the time.

Vaccination requirements for employees are starting to grow

Vaccinations for all employees in businesses and organisations are fast gaining currency amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns in many lands.

Should — or much less, can — companies require employees to be vaccinated to get or keep a job? Some have asked.

New York Times’ Niraj Chokshi said: “For large corporations, such decisions are thorny.

“On the one hand, requiring vaccinations for all employees would lower the anxiety of workers returning to the office and help the country reach herd immunity, which would support the economic rebound.

However, Chokshi stated that “on the other, it raises privacy concerns and could risk a backlash or even litigation.”

Nevertheless, companies are starting to lean toward a pro-vaccination requirement, agency report noted.

A new survey, conducted by Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, found that nearly 70 percent of the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) employers currently perform COVID-19 testing for their employees, and 90 percent intend to motivate or require vaccination.

Those in favour of the requirement say they’ve seen one impressive payoff — that productivity and morale are up.

A majority of employers said their employees’ engagement and productivity have gone up since the pandemic, and 44 percent report that employee morale has gone up.

That’s compared to 26 percent, indicating that morale went down since the pandemic began.

Mental health and employee burnout had a devastating impact during the pandemic. Close to 80 percent of employers said the mental health of their workers has become a top priority since the pandemic started.

Half the employers said they’re stepping up and making available company resources related to mental health.

United Airlines reconnects Washington─Accra, Nigeria next

Meanwhile, representatives of United Airlines and Ghanaian authorities Saturday, May 15, 2021, welcomed the resumption of United Airlines as the airline’s first flight landed in Accra, Ghana.

The airline reconnected Washington, D.C., and Accra, according to AirInsight.

Likewise, this comes as the airline is planning to offer non-stop service between Lagos and Washington, D.C., with a new, three-time weekly service.

The airline operated Lagos to Houston prior to the 2016 economic depression amid foreign airlines’ N120billion stuck in Nigeria.

United’s exit left Delta as the only US carrier that continued to offer nonstop services between Atlanta, Lagos, and Abuja.

Though definite date yet, the airline has said the new route is subject to government approval, and that tickets would be available for purchase on United.com and the United app in the coming weeks, according to report.

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