Delta Air Lines announced new policies for its employees in the fight against COVID-19, including that they will charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian announced the new policies in an open letter to employees. The full list of new policies include:
- Effective immediately: All unvaccinated employees are required to wear a mask in all indoor settings. “This requirement will remain in place until community case rates stabilize.”
- Effective Sept. 12: All unvaccinated U.S. employees will be required to take a weekly COVID-19 test. Those who test positive ” will need to isolate and remain out of the workplace.”
- Effective Sept. 30: COVID-19 pay protection will only be provided to fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing a breakthrough infection.
- Effective Nov. 1: Unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta account-based healthcare plans will be subject to a $200 monthly surcharge. “This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company,” Bastian said
“I know some of you may be taking a wait-and-see approach or waiting for full FDA approval. With this week’s announcement that the FDA has granted full approval for the Pfizer vaccine, the time for you to get vaccinated is now,” Bastian said in his letter. “We can be confident that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective, and has undergone the same rigorous review for other approved medications to treat cancer and heart disease, as well as other vaccines.”
“Protecting yourself, your colleagues, your loved ones, and your community is fundamental to the shared values that have driven our success for nearly a century. Vaccinations are the safest, most effective, and most powerful tool we have to achieve our goals, live up to our values and move forward.”
Delta stopped short of mandating its employees get vaccinated — a move that United Airlines took earlier this month.