Southwest Airlines to vaccinate employees against COVID-19 for free

(Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co said Thursday it will vaccinate its employees against COVID-19 for free once a vaccine is made widely available in the United States.

The airline said its employees were strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We have teams working to identify third parties who can provide vaccines to our employees as soon as they are able to, probably during the later stages of the vaccine launch plan,” the US carrier said in a statement.

The vaccines are paid for by the federal government and administrative expenses will be covered for Southwestern employees as part of its health plans, the company said.

Reportage by Sanjana Shivdas and Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel