The US aircraft manufacturer also announced at the weekend Boeing an, to suspend his in-house vaccination that was imposed in October. This was introduced after US President Joe Biden called for companies with more than 100 employees to vaccinate their workforce commit or have them test negative at least once a week.
The vaccination requirement met with particularly massive opposition within the Boeing Group. In the last few weeks, the number of employees who applied for an exemption from the compulsory vaccination for religious or medical reasons rose to over 11,000 – this corresponds to almost 9 percent of the entire US workforce of the aircraft manufacturer and thus a much higher proportion than the corporate management expected. Sticking to the compulsory vaccination had triggered fears of a massive migration of engineers and factory workers and would have endangered the company’s production and ultimately competitiveness. so management rowed back.
As a welcome diplomatic excuse and “official” reason for the suspension of the vaccination mandate, Boeing (as well as other companies) invoked Judgment of December 7th, which had blocked Biden’s order – and the economy undoubtedly came in handy.
Other large companies such as General Electric, Spirit AeroSystems and Amtrak had also suspended the vaccination requirement, as adhering to the ideology-driven and disproportionate guidelines of the Biden administration would have threatened their very existence. Renowned US labor lawyer David Barron explained about it: „Most employers cannot afford the luxury of losing 5%, 10% or whatever of their workforce if they do not want to be vaccinated. “
In many hospitals and other health care providers, the compulsory vaccination has already been suspended because it met with such resistance that the already existing staff shortage would have worsened (Report24 reported). The originally planned general compulsory vaccination for health workers had already been blocked by a judge.