Boeing is suspending its vaccine mandate for employees in the United States.
The aerospace company indicated its decision, announced on Friday, came in response to President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate getting blocked in court.
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"Boeing is committed to maintaining a safe working environment," a spokesperson for the company said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. "Boeing has suspended its vaccination requirement in line with a federal court's decision prohibiting enforcement of the federal contractor executive order and a number of state laws."
The company implemented a vaccine mandate for its employees in October due to Biden's executive order requiring federal contractors to ensure their employees get the vaccine.
The decision comes as other companies such as Amtrak have scaled back their requirements in response to Biden's mandate getting held up. Boeing said it will continue to monitor government requirements going forward.
In an announcement to its employees, Boeing estimated about 92% of its U.S. workforce was vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Seattle Times. Biden's order would have gone into effect on Jan. 4, if not for the court order.
The company plans to continue with its mask and social distancing policies. It is also encouraging its employees to get vaccinated.
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The U.S., which is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases amid the rise of the omicron variant, has an estimated 72.4% of its population of all ages vaccinated with at least one dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.