‘We will comply:’ Spirit Airlines CEO prepares personnel for federal Covid vaccine required

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Spirit Airlines’ CEO Ted Christie on Friday informed personnel to get inoculated versus Covid-19 ahead of upcoming federal vaccine requireds for big business.

President Joe Biden last month stated the federal government will need business with more than 100 staff members to mandate vaccines or routine Covid screening for personnel.

“The federal government has made it clear that Covid-19 vaccination or testing requirements will be mandated for companies with more than 100 employees, and we will comply with that order,” Christie stated in an staff e-mail, which was examined by CNBC.

Christie stated application of those guidelines will depend upon federal government assistance “but we will be moving forward with new health and safety policies, in any case.”

Spirit’s competitors American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines are federal professionals, which go through more stringent guidelines that do not offer the exact same screening alternative. Those airline companies informed staff members over the previous 2 weeks that they need to be immunized to abide by those specialist guidelines by Dec. 8.

A spokesperson for the Miramar, Fla.-based airline company validated the e-mail and stated the business anticipated to offer staff members more information in the next couple of weeks. Last month, Spirit asked personnel to share attestations of their vaccination status to assess the number of of them are inoculated. The discount rate airline company is still gathering those types.

The airline company had more than 8,700 staff members since completion of 2020 however has actually remained in the processing of employing pilots, flight attendants and others this year.

New York-based JetBlue Airways informed personnel today it has “explored whether there may be an extension of time to comply but the federal government has indicated that it is not pushing back the date so we need Crewmembers to plan to be fully vaccinated by December 8.”


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