Delta Air Lines employees who have not been immunised against COVID-19 will be charged an additional $200 per month for health insurance beginning in November to assist cover treatment costs, the CEO revealed Wednesday. Delta employees who have been hospitalised with COVID-19 in recent weeks have all been unvaccinated, according to CEO Ed Bastian’s statement to employees.
Each person’s average hospital stay cost the corporation $50,000.
According to Bastian, 75% of Delta’s 75,000 staff have been vaccinated. At Delta clinics around the world, more than 150,000 dosages were administered to employees, family members, and friends.
“While we can be proud of our 75% vaccination rate, the aggressiveness of the variant means we need to get many more of our people vaccinated, and as close to 100% as possible,” he said of the more contagious Delta variant, which has become the dominant strain in the United States.
In addition to a spike in insurance premiums, all unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks in all indoor Delta settings and must take a COVID-19 test each week starting Sept. 12.
Delta started requiring new employees get the vaccine earlier this year, CNBC reported.
United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have mandated vaccines for their employees.
Airlines have been among the hardest-hit companies by the pandemic, as travel has been limited.