In another attempt to take control, Delta Air Lines is trying to force all their employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine, or pay the price...literally. The company announced that they will start charging unvaccinated employees on the company health plan an extra $200 a month.
The airline's top executive claims it is necessary because the average cost for a COVID hospital stay is $40,000.
Most people do not go to the hospital when they get COVID though. Not to mention, there is over 99% survival rate of the virus. MOST people have it very mild. So I do not see how that is a valid argument.
CEO Ed Bastian said that all employees who have been hospitalized for the virus in recent weeks were not fully vaccinated.
The airline said Wednesday that it also will stop extending pay protection to unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 on Sept. 30, and will require unvaccinated workers to be tested weekly beginning Sept. 12, although Delta will cover the cost. They will have to wear masks in all indoor company settings.
Delta stopped short of matching United Airlines, which will require employees to be vaccinated starting Sept. 27 or face termination. However, the $200 monthly surcharge, which starts in November, may have the same effect.
“This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company,” Bastian told employees in a memo.
Bastian said that 75% of Delta employees are vaccinated, up from 72% in mid-July. He said the aggressiveness of the leading strain of the virus “means we need to get many more of our people vaccinated, and as close to 100% as possible.”
Delta and United already require new hires to be vaccinated. Other major U.S. airlines, including American and Southwest, say they are encouraging employees to get vaccinated but have not required it.
Delta’s requirement for weekly testing of unvaccinated employees will start Sept. 12, and the requirement that the unvaccinated wear masks indoors takes effect immediately.
A growing number of companies including Chevron Corp. and drugstore chain CVS announced they will require workers to get vaccinated after this week’s decision by the Food and Drug Administration to give full approval instead of just emergency-use permission to the Pfizer vaccine.
Yikes. I am so glad I do not work for any company that would so blatantly try to infringe on my basic rights. We have medical freedom and have the right to choose what medical procedures we want and what to inject into our bodies.
The fact that companies are trying to force this on their employees is disgusting.
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