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United Airlines vaccine mandate driven by delta variant, hospitalization data, CEO Scott Kirby says
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United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said the company's push to require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine was fueled by data showing the hospitalization rates for unvaccinated people in addition to rising concerns over the delta variant.
"The tipping point for me was seeing the statistics that 97% of the people in the hospital are unvaccinated and over 99% of the deaths are amongst the unvaccinated," Kirby said in an interview Monday on "NBC Nightly News."
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As the leader of the Chicago-based airline, Kirby said, "there was simply no choice but to do the right thing for safety."
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Last week, United became the first major American carrier to announce that it will require employees in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by late October at the latest amid growing concerns around the highly contagious delta variant.
The airline has about 67,000 U.S.-based employees.