Airline to charge $200 per month on unvaccinated employees
CEO Ed Bastian of Delta Air Lines stated that the airline will start charging unvaccinated employees $200 each month from November to cover the cost of care if they catch Covid-19.
He stated in a message to the workers of the airline that “This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company.”
This is the latest move by a major American company to boost inoculations, some of which have gone as far as imposing the jabs.
Whereas, the air carrier has stated that 75 percent of its staff has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
He also stated that the new, more transferable variation which Bastian abstained from stating to the as common name “Delta” is generating new concerns for the company.
“In recent weeks since the rise of the B.1.617.2 variant, all Delta employees who have been hospitalized with Covid were not fully vaccinated,” he said.
Bastian added further added that the typical cost for hospitalization was $50,000 per person.
“While we can be proud of our 75 percent vaccination rate, the aggressiveness of the variant means we need to get many more of our people vaccinated, and as close to 100 percent as possible.”
On the contrary, he also pointed to this week’s statement that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had received complete sanction from US controllers, which proofs the shots are safe and effective.
The unvaccinated workers instantaneously will be required to wear masks, and starting from the next month will be subjected to weekly testing, in addition to a monthly fee.
Furthermore, after September 30, salary will be delivered only to fully inoculated employees in case they fall ill with Covid-19, he said.
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