In policy shift, Alaska Air requires COVID-19 vaccine for employees

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By Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times Updated: 2 hours ago Published: 2 hours agoAn Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 departs from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport en route to Kodiak on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Bill Roth / ADN) SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group told its 22,000 employees Thursday evening they will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination, with some exceptions — a shift from the policy laid out last month that only encouraged and rewarded vaccinated employees.New York-based JetBlue also said it is implementing a similar policy, now joining United Airlines, which was the first major U.S. carrier to mandate vaccinations for all employees.In an email to all Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees, the Seattle-based company said that in accordance with the White House executive order that requires all federal contractors to have their workers vaccinated, “All employees will now be required to be fully vaccinated or be approved for a reasonable accommodat
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