The executive president of United Airlines, Scott Kirby, said Tuesday that the company had about 3,000 employees who tested positive for Covid-19, but that their vaccinated workers had not recently died or been hospitalized from the disease.
Chicago-based United was the first airline in the United States to require vaccinations for its employees to facilitate travel and flight operations.
Airlines have canceled thousands of flights since late December, when the increase in omicron cases and winter weather began to affect schedules.
Kirby said in a memo on Tuesday that “since our vaccine policy went into effect, the hospitalization rate among our employees has been 100 times lower than in the general population in the United States.”
Before United’s vaccination requirements were implemented, “tragically, more than one United employee on average” per week “died from Covid-19,” Kirby said.
“But now we have been eight weeks in a row without Covid-19 related deaths among our vaccinated employees.”
United’s previous experience and national COVID data suggest that “there are approximately 8-10 United employees who are alive today due to our vaccine requirement,” Kirby said.