US Railroad Amtrak to Require Employee Vaccinations or Testing, Memo Says

Reuters
By Reuters
August 11, 2021Vaccinesshare
US Railroad Amtrak to Require Employee Vaccinations or Testing, Memo Says
Passengers walk along an Amtrak train on a track at Union station in Washington, DC on July 18, 2021. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON—U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak will require all of its 18,000 employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1 or submit to weekly testing.

The railroad also said starting Oct. 4 all new employees will need to show proof they are fully vaccinated before their first day of employment. Amtrak also said employees working remotely will not be required to return to their Amtrak office or facility until Nov. 1.

“We did not come to these decisions lightly, and we understand it may take some time to process, which is why we are providing you with time to prepare,” Amtrak Chief Executive Bill Flynn told employees.

Amtrak also said it would restore pay benefits for fully vaccinated employees who contract COVID-19 and need to quarantine after testing positive.

On Friday, United Airlines Inc said it would require all its U.S.-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 25.

By David Shepardson

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