Thursday, November 25, 2021

Big Virginia Shipbuilder With Federal Contracts Reverses Position on Vaccine Mandate, Recalls Employees and Gives Options to Nullify Resignations

 Huntington Ingalls previously said all of its 25,000 workers would need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a “condition of continued employment” due to the vaccine mandate for federal workers and contractors.  However, Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin said Thursday that Huntington Ingalls clarified their Navy contracts “don’t include a vaccine mandate at this time.

Too much damage from the loss of valuable employees, and morale.  

Now we know that the vax doesn't stop you from getting the virus, or stop you from spreading it. Also, looks like the positive effect (if there is much of one) wears off after about six months, requiring a booster. 

So why are we doing this?

President and CEO Mike Petters issued a message to employees Nov. 16 indicating that the government’s Jan. 4, 2022, deadline for vaccination is suspended. The message also clarified that after considerable work with the Navy to meet the intent of the mandate, our Navy contracts with Newport News Shipbuilding do not include a vaccine mandate requirement at this time.


  1. It's a shame, though, that this reversal relies on the legality of the already signed contracts, which have no "vaccine" mandate clause, rather than simply the individual's God given right to choose. It still is a step in the right direction.

  2. There are only two shipyards that can build subs and big ships, and the Navy has always doled out contracts to keep them both in business.

    Now they realize, they have to keep them both in business.