Delta Air Lines Charges Unvaccinated Employees Additional $200/Month
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian has notified employees that they will face $200 monthly increases on their health insurance premiums if they unvaccinated for Covid-19. The news was revealed on Wednesday and the additional charge will kick in on November 1st.
Bastian said the company faces steep costs to cover employees who are hospitalized with the virus.
Unvaccinated Delta employees will face other restrictions, such as indoor masking effective immediately and weekly Covid-19 tests starting Sept. 12.
“The average hospital stay for COVID-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person,” Bastian said in an employee memo as reported by CNBC. “This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our 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.”
Delta also said starting Sept. 30, “in compliance with state and local laws, COVID pay protection will only be provided to fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing a breakthrough infection.” Unvaccinated employees who contract Covid, without exemptions, will have to use their sick days after that date.
About 75% of Delta’s roughly 75,000 employees are already vaccinated. But the vaccination rate has increased tremendously after the announcement was made just over 24 hours ago. The company clinic has seen a five fold increase in first doses.