United Airways is lowering the variety of staff terminated for non-compliance with the vaccine

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A United Airlines passenger jet takes off at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, the United States, on December 6, 2019, with New York City as the backdrop. REUTERS / Chris Helgren

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines on Thursday reduced the number of employees facing dismissal for defying the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The Chicago-based airline said only 320 US-based employees are now in breach of their COVID-19 vaccination policy, a 46% decrease in the past two days.

Aside from those who requested an exemption, United said 99.5% of U.S.-based employees have now been vaccinated against COVID-19.

United, which became the first US carrier to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all domestic workers in early August, had requested proof of vaccination by Monday or threatened to be terminated.

It later softened its position, saying workers could save their jobs if they were vaccinated before their formal dismissal talks.

Since Monday, more employees have submitted proof of vaccination, said a company spokesman. The airline expects a further decline in the number of unvaccinated employees in the coming days.

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