Southwest Airlines Makes Major Change to Vaccination Policy After Uprising by Employees

By Dillon Burroughs

October 19, 2021 at 10:23am

Southwest Airlines has ended its plan to place unvaccinated employees who have applied for a religious or medical exemption to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on unpaid leave after its Dec. 8 deadline.

Southwest’s senior vice president of operations and hospitality, Steve Goldberg, and Julie Weber, vice president and chief people officer, wrote to staff on Friday regarding the issue, according to CNBC.

The new change will allow Southwest Airlines employees until Nov. 24 to be fully vaccinated or apply for a medical or religious exemption. If an employee’s exemption is not approved by Dec. 8, an employee can continue to work while following mask and dis