Delta Air Lines Charges Unvaccinated Employees Additional $200/Month

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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.

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  1. Nothing but a B.S. money grab by Delta. So by their own numbers, 25% of 75k is 18,750 that are not vaccinated. If those 18,750 have to pay a extra $200 a month, that’s a extra $3,750,000 per month and a extra $45,000,000 per year.
    Yes companies can and do in fact do this for tobacco users but most policies do no more than a 10-20% increase in your policy. So a $500 premium would see a $50-$100 increase.
    $200 is insane.

  2. Miles4Migrants, which is funded by the Shapiro Foundation and the Tripadvisor Foundation, works with Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Uber, and a network of over 50 nonprofit partners including the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency.

    So Delta Airlines expect it workers to be around Covid-19 positives illegals.


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