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COVID-19: Alaska Airlines contemplating vaccine mandate as cases surge
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Alaska Airlines may join some of its rivals in requiring vaccines for its employees in an effort to combat the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant.
The carrier told FOX Business that it is "looking closely at whether we will require that employees are vaccinated" following a surge in cases and hospitalizations.
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However, if the airline does implement the policy it wouldn't be effective "until at least one vaccine is fully approved by the FDA," the airline said in a statement.
So far, the government agency has only given emergency-use approval for Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's vaccine candidates.
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If this were to occur, the airline said it would have "appropriate religious and medical exemptions."
"The contagiousness and health risks of the COVID-19 virus and its variants affect our employees and the communities we serve," the airline said. "Safety is our highest value and we have an imperative to protect one another from this virus."