Texas-based Southwest Airlines announced Monday that based on “a thorough review of President Biden’s COVID Action Plan,” the company will begin requiring all employees to “be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or be approved for a religious, medical, or disability accommodation, by Dec. 8, 2021, to continue employment with the airline.”

Last week, Texas-based American Airlines made a similar announcement. WFAA-TV in Dallas reports up to 30 percent of American’s pilots have not taken one of the COVID shots.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Don Huffines has criticized Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature for not shielding private-sector employees from such employment requirements.

“Another Texas company attacking the rights of Texans while Greg Abbott does nothing about it. No Texan should lose their job because they don’t want to get a COVID vaccine,” tweeted Huffines.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."