WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Spirit AeroSystems informed its U.S.-based employees on Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory, effective Dec. 8, as outlined in an executive order issued by President Joe Biden on Sept. 9, 2021.

President Biden’s order mandates vaccines for all employees of federal contractors. The company tells KSN News that the requirement applies to existing and new defense contracts and goes beyond employees who directly support defense contracts.

Spirit AeroSystems is a federal contractor that supports contracts with the Department of Defense and other agencies. As a federal contractor, testing is not an option for Spirit employees.

Spirit said they are working with local healthcare providers to administer vaccines.

Textron Aviation is another local federal contractor that will be following President Biden’s executive order to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for its employees.

They released the following statement to KSN regarding the mandate:

Textron is obligated to comply with President Biden’s Executive Order regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and is actively taking the steps necessary to meet its obligation. We have asked employees to provide their vaccination status and, as federal contractors, requested employees to begin the process to become fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021. Employees who are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief will be provided an opportunity to request an accommodation from this requirement. We value our employees’ contributions to meeting the demands of our customers and driving our company’s success.

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