United Airlines may make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for employees, and other companies must do the same, UK Chief Executive Scott Kirby told workers at a meeting on Thursday, according to a review reviewed by Reuters.
A UK spokesman confirmed that the company was “strongly considering” making vaccines mandatory, although it is not yet a policy.
“I think the right thing to do is for United Airlines and other companies to require vaccines and make them mandatory,” Kirby said.
“If others agree and are willing to start imposing vaccines, you should probably expect United to be among the first wave of companies to do so.”
CNBC previously reported the news of Kirby, who wants to appoint the vaccine for employees.
Private US companies may require employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, but are unlikely to do so because of the risks of a legal and cultural reaction, experts say.
Companies are still in the early stages of navigating access to and distribution of vaccines against the disease caused by the new coronavirus, but inoculation is seen as the key to the safe resumption of operations in crowded warehouses, factory lines and commercial floors.