September 21 (WNN) — San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday became the first airport to require all workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the city announced.
The new rules require on-site personnel to be either vaccinated or, if exempt, tested weekly for the novel coronavirus.
“We know that vaccines are the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 transmission and reduce hospitalizations and deaths,” said Mayor London Breed. “This new requirement supports our aggressive measures to protect the health and safety of our region and our continued economic recovery. I would like to thank the SFO for their continued leadership protecting our city and its visitors. “
The airport offers free COVID-19 vaccines for rapid testing at the on-site SFO Medical Clinic as well as at various airport locations. Workers can obtain exemptions for medical reasons or for outright religious beliefs.
Airport Director Ivar Satero said, “As SFO prepares for the upcoming holiday travel season and a return to pre-pandemic passenger levels, we have an obligation to provide a safe and secure environment for traveling people and our on-site staff.” Provide safe airport facilities.” “According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaccination is the most effective way to prevent transmission of COVID-19.”
Several businesses across the country have implemented similar rules for employees, including United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, while Delta Airlines is requiring all new employees to be vaccinated and is raising health insurance premiums for existing employees who do not get the shot. .