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American Airlines ends coronavirus pandemic leave for unvaccinated employees
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American Airlines said it will end company-provided pandemic leave for unvaccinated employees who become infected with COVID-19.
The Texas-based carrier told employees in a memo last week that its "pandemic leave will only be offered to team members who are fully vaccinated and who provide their vaccination card" now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
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Starting Oct. 1, any employee who isn't vaccinated and has to miss work due to COVID-19 will need to use earned sick time or medical leave while away.
"We have heard from many team members that the full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives them additional peace of mind when they were previously hesitant to get vaccinated," the memo read.