Delta Airlines becomes the latest corporation to impose stricter COVID-19 personnel policies in part due to the legal protections offered by the FDA's full approval of a vaccine. They have just announced that they will impose a $200 monthly surcharge in its health plan to employees who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to their CE, Ed Bastian, the insurance surcharge along with a number of other policy changes for the unvaccinated are costing the company big dollars.
In a memo sent to employees, Bastian explained "The average hospital stay for COVID-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person. "This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company." he wrote.
Since the rise of the more contagious variant, all Delta Air Lines employees who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated. The surcharge, which begins in November, equates to a $2,400 cut in annual pay.
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