It seems that Delta Air Lines is the latest airline to issue an ultimatum to employees in response to employee vaccinations.
According to NBC NewsOn Wednesday, the airline CEO Ed Bastian informed employees that if they do not get vaccinated, starting November 1, their health insurance premiums will start to increase by $200 a month. The reason behind the decision was to pay excessive fees for employees who were hospitalized with the virus.
Other measures that unvaccinated employees must face include wearing masks indoors and weekly COVID-19 tests, which are scheduled to start on September 12. Bastian said in a memo: “The average hospitalization costs for COVID-19 cost Delta Air Lines $40,000 per person. This surcharge is necessary to address the financial risks that our company’s decision not to vaccinate will bring to our company. In the recent weeks since the emergence of the B.1.617.2 variant, all Delta employees hospitalized with COVID have not been fully vaccinated.”
The company also announced that from September 30, “According to state and local laws, COVID payment protection will only be provided to fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing breakthrough infections.” However, employees who have not been vaccinated and infected with the virus will Had to use sick leave.
At the end of the year, Delta Air Lines began to require new employees to be vaccinated against the virus. Bastian said that about 75% of their employees are vaccinated.
As we reported earlier, at the beginning of this month, United Airlines Announced that they will require all US employees to be vaccinated before October 25, otherwise they may face the risk of being terminated from the airline.
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TSR Staff: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94