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Delta Air Lines has stated its unvaccinated employees will face new restrictions and costs in the coming months.
While Delta still gives its staff the right to choose whether to get vaccinated or not, starting from September 12th, not fully vaccinated employees will have to take a Covid-19 test each week. From November 1st, those enrolled in Delta’s account-based healthcare plan will also face a new $200 monthly surcharge.
It causes financial issues for Delta to cover hospital stays for the infected unvaccinated employees who are on the account-based healthcare plans. In addition, the fact that they are out of work creates problems with schedules and operating capacity.
Mr. Bastian, CEO at Delta, stated that 75% of the carrier’s employees are already vaccinated. However, the recent spike of the Delta variant is leading to higher hospitalization rates, especially among unvaccinated staff. Mr. Bastian and Chief Health Officer Dr. Henry Ting insist the aim should be a 100% vaccination rate. In terms of new hires, the airline has already mandated them to be fully vaccinated.