Alaska Air to require COVID-19 vaccine for employees

    SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Air Group has told its 22,000 employees they will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

    The Seattle Times reports there are some exceptions to the policy, which has shifted since last month.

    The Seattle-based company said in an email to all Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees that they will now be required to be fully vaccinated or approved for a reasonable accommodation.

    Officials say it would be in accordance with the White House executive order that requires all federal contractors to have their workers vaccinated.

    It replaces a policy which paid vaccinated employees $200 and required regular testing for others.

    At that time, Alaska said that 75% of its employees had been vaccinated.

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