COVID-19 Guidance

Union Pacific is complying with the executive order requiring employees of federal contractors be fully vaccinated. As a federal contractor who ships goods supporting our nation’s armed services, UP is fulfilling this federal requirement.

Requiring vaccinations is not new or unique to Union Pacific – many companies, schools and private businesses require vaccinations.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

To be considered fully vaccinated, new hires must have proof of receiving the final dose of one the following:

  • Moderna (second dose)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (second dose)
  • Or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (one dose)

All employees must provide proof of full vaccination prior to, or on their first day of employment with Union Pacific (on property start date).

Requests for Medical Accommodations

New Hires requesting a medical accommodation must have their medical provider complete and sign the UP Railroad Accommodation Request for COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form. The completed form must then be submitted electronically to Union Pacific for consideration of a medical accommodation. The request will not be considered for review unless this form is submitted. Once a job offer has been accepted, instructions will be provided on how to attest or request an accommodation. 

Requests for Religious Accommodations

New Hires requesting a religious accommodation must complete the UP Railroad Accommodation Request for COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form and then submit the completed form electronically to Union Pacific. The request will not be considered for review unless this form is submitted. Once a job offer has been accepted, instructions will be provided on how to attest or request an accommodation.

As part of the request form, New Hires must provide a detailed explanation or documentation of how their sincerely held religious beliefs are contrary to the practice of COVID-19 vaccinations. This may include a letter from your church leadership indicating the church’s prohibition of its members receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Please attach this documentation, along with the COVID-19 Religious Accommodation Request Form, to your ticket. New Hires should be specific in defining their religious beliefs as it relates to the COVID-19 vaccination. Generic statements of religious beliefs are not sufficient to support a religious accommodation. 

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