The resistance of many people to get vaccinated has led various governments and companies to take measures that for many are extreme. Now, a major airline in the United States has just joined this trend with a sentence for its employees.
We are talking about United Airlines, a firm that asked all its employees in the American Union to be vaccinated against Covid-19 before the end of October or otherwise, their contract would simply be suspended.
This report came on Friday from the hand of the channel CNBC, from where they indicated that the order that arrives strictly was issued through an internal note from the airline’s management, which was obtained by the medium, where the company indicated that it has the “responsibility” to ensure that its employees They are safe in the work environment and it is recognized that there will be disagreements with the order.
In this way, United Airlines workers must provide proof that they have received the complementary vaccination using the drugs signed by the companies Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson five weeks after the United States regulator approves them or before the 25 October, whichever comes first.
It is important to mention that the tensions around the measure may be less if we consider that of the 67 thousand employees that the firm has in the country, a part of them have already been immunized. It is estimated that 90 percent of its pilots as well as 80 percent of its flight employees have already received the full vaccination schedule. With these figures, the brand remains ahead of its rivals in that market.
With this decision, the airline joins those firms that are, in one way or another, seeking to encourage vaccination among their employees.
For example, companies such as Google, Facebook, Uber and Lyft, are demanding the complete vaccination scheme for workers who return to their offices, while Netflix asks for it for those who work on their productions.
We cannot lose sight of the fact that in other markets similar decisions have generated tensions among employees as well as calls for boycotts by some users of social networks.
An example of this is what happened in France. In recent days an alleged circular signed by Burger King has begun to be visible in which it is indicated that the chain’s workers who are not vaccinated and do not have their health pass will no longer be able to work in the brand’s establishments.
Additionally, it has been said that Burger King employees who do not meet this condition will see their employment contract suspended while their salary will not be maintained.
The matter has not ceased to give something to talk about on social networks, where while some applaud Burger King’s decision to join the contagion containment measures imposed by the French government, many others have called for a boycott against the business.
In recent months, Emmanuel Macron, president of France, presented an action plan which established, among other things, that workers who are not immunized will not be able to go to their jobs and will not get paid.
Although the regulation had a rapid impact, with more than a million requests for vaccination shifts and a record of immunizations in a single day, with 792,339 doses applied, it is true that it has been strongly criticized.
The reality is that although the detractors can be many, these types of measures could also improve the experience for many clients who find vaccination an otherwise preventive measure to avoid infections.
The challenge for brands will be to communicate it in the appropriate way and with the necessary parameters so as not to fracture the relationship of their companies with both their customers and their employees.