Employees at Delta Air Lines who choose not to get vaccinated will be charged US$200 a month on the company health plan. The airline’s top executive says this policy is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline $40,000. CEO Ed Bastian added that all the employees who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
The airline said they will require unvaccinated employees to be tested weekly starting September 12, but Delta will cover the cost. Unvaccinated workers will also stop receiving extended pay protection and they will have to wear a mask in any indoor company setting. Delta was less severe than United Airlines, as it will require workers to be vaccinated by September 27 or face termination.
Bastian noted that 75 per cent of Delta employees are vaccinated but “we need to get as many more of our people vaccinated, and as close to 100% as possible.” Both United Airlines and Delta require their new employees to be vaccinated. Other airlines such as American and Southwest, said they are promoting vaccinations amongst workers but they do not require it.
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