America’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Stands Together as We Prepare to Implement the New Federal Vaccine Requirements

New Federal Vaccine Requirement

Last month (Sep. 9) President Joe Biden announced an executive order stipulating that most federal employees, and contractors across the country, be vaccinated against COVID-19. President Biden believes vaccine mandates have worked in years past and will work again, now. Beginning December 8th, more than 100 million employed Americans will be subject to vaccine requirements ordered by the President.

Companies with more than 100 employees will be required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to be fully vaccinated or report for regular COVID-19 testing. The CDC considers an employee fully vaccinated only after receiving two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“America’s Aerospace and Defense industry stands together as we prepare to implement the new federal vaccine requirements” Eric Fanning, the association’s president said.

“Throughout the pandemic, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) members have expanded benefits and implemented extensive measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as our essential work continued,” Fanning stated.

Chaired by Northrop Grumman’s Chief Kathy Warden, the AIA’s board, includes CEOs of Lockheed Martin Co, Leidos Holdings Inc, General Dynamics Corp as well as Raytheon Technologies Corp.
Larger Companies are Requiring Employees to get COVID-19 Vaccine or Risk Losing Their Jobs.
Raytheon Technologies Corp

Larger Companies are Requiring Employees to get COVID-19 Vaccine or Risk Losing Their Jobs.

Raytheon Technologies Corp

Larger companies including major defense contractor Raytheon Technologies Corp, L3Harris Technologies Inc, and Spirit airlines will be requiring its U.S.-based staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 or risk termination.

Raytheon Technologies Corp, the maker of Tomahawk missiles and major defense contractor, mandated its 125,000 U.S. employees get vaccinated after President Joe Biden announced his executive order.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines’ CEO Ted Christie says “We will comply” after preparing staff to get inoculated against Covid-19, ahead of the forthcoming federal vaccine mandates.

“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 said in a staff email, reviewed by CNBC.

Other US Airlines

Some of Spirit’s larger rivals fall under stricter federal contractor rules that don’t include a testing option.

American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, and Southwest Airlines are subject to these stricter rules. Those airlines told employees over the past two weeks that they will not be providing a Covid testing option and that they must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, to comply.
L3Harris Technologies Inc

Jim Burke, an official spokesman for L3Harris, said “In keeping with President Biden’s executive order…L3Harris is requiring all U.S.-based employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8.” The company will be continuing to follow face covering and social distancing protocols while requiring outside contractors and visitors to L3Harris facilities to be fully vaccinated as well.

“These vaccinations are a mandatory condition of employment, and employees who opt out of vaccination will face the loss of their jobs”, Burke states “L3Harris employees can take paid time off to get their COVID-19 vaccines.”

Those who request a medical or religious waiver will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the company.