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United Airlines To Fire 232 Workers Who Refuse Vaccine

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United Airlines employees work at ticket counters in Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, on Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

United Airlines plans to fire more than 200 employees who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

United CEO Scott Kirby told CBS News the airline will fire 232 of its 67-thousand U.S. workers because they missed the deadline for getting vaccinated.

United was one of the first major U.S. employers to announce a vaccine mandate, setting a deadline of late September for employees to get their shots. Kirby said he decided to require vaccinations for employees after a United pilot died from the coronavirus in July.

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