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Delta Airlines Issues New Guidelines: Employees Not Vaccinated To Pay $200

Delta airlines are one of the major airlines of the United States and the legacy carrier. Vaccination as we all know is important for all. So, Delta airlines are putting pressure on the employees to get vaccinated with a series of increasing burdensome requirements over the coming weeks and months. In their letter to the employees, the chief executive said that those who have not been vaccinated would immediately be required to wear masks indoors. They are also starting weekly coronavirus tests from September 12 and from the 1st of November, any employee who remains unvaccinated will have to pay an additional $200 per month to remain on companies Health care plan. Mr Bastaian, CEO mentioned that this surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company.

He also mentioned that in recent weeks since the rise of the B.1.617.2 variant, all Delta employees who have been hospitalized with the covid-19 were not fully vaccinated. The company’s hospitalization cost due to coronavirus is around dollar 50,000 per person. The onerous requirements applied to a shrinking share of the airline’s workforce with 75% of the employees now vaccinated. He further added that they know that vaccinations are the most effective tool to keep their people safe and healthy in the face of this global crisis. This is an important measure that has been adopted by many companies but their approach is different. They made a guideline that only those United employees would be paid full days fair who will provide the proof of vaccination by September 20.
Delta should be appreciated for this move of theirs.