Delta Air Lines will charge employees in the company’s health plan $ 200 per month if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19. the policy stated by the airline is necessary because the average hospital stay costs the company $ 40,000.
CEO Ed Bastian said that all staff hospitalized due to the virus in recent weeks have not been fully vaccinated.
He said on Wednesday that It will end the extension of pay protection to unvaccinated employees who contracted COVID-19 starting September 30, and will require unvaccinated workers to be tested weekly starting September 12, although Delta will cover the costs. These employees will be required to wear masks in all enclosed areas of the company.
Delta’s decision is not as drastic as United Airlines’s decision to require all of its employees to be vaccinated on September 27, or face firing. However, charging $ 200 a month can have the same effect.
“This premium is needed to deal with the financial risk the company poses to not vaccinate,” Bastian said in a memo to employees.
Bastian said 75% of Delta’s employees are vaccinated, up from 72% in mid-July. He said that the contagiousness of the delta variant of the virus “means that we need to vaccinate many more of our people and as close to 100% as possible.”
V Newly reported cases of coronavirus in the United States currently exceed 150,000 daily. the highest level since January, although growth has slowed. Southwest, Spirit, and Frontier said the virus caused a drop in flight bookings, and air travel in the United States was still more than 20% lower than in 2019.
Delta & United now require new employees to be vaccinated. Other major airlines in the United States, including America and Southwest Airlines, encourage their employees to get vaccinated, but this is not required.
A growing number of companies, including Chevron Corp. and the CVS pharmacy chain, have announced they will require their employees to be vaccinated, following a decision this week by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) giving full approval to Pfizer. vaccine.