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Delta Air Lines is raising health insurance premiums for unvaccinated employees by $200 a month to cover higher Covid costs

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Starting Nov. 1, unvaccinated Delta employees who have health insurance from the company will face $200 monthly surcharges.

From Sept. 12, unvaccinated employees will have to take a Covid test every week, while “community case rates” are high.

United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines say they will mandate vaccines for employees.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian notified employees Wednesday that they will face $200 monthly increases on their health insurance premiums starting Nov. 1 if they aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19, citing steep costs to cover employees who are hospitalized with the virus.

Unvaccinated employees will face other restrictions, including indoor masking effective immediately and weekly Covid-19 tests starting Sept. 12, the Atlanta-based airline said in announcing new Covid policies for employees.

The measures are the latest attempt by a U.S. corporation to drive up Covid vaccination rates. Delta stopped short of an outright mandate like rival United Airlines established earlier this month. Delta, which self-insures its employees, stands out in its plans to raise premiums for unvaccinated workers to cover the higher costs of insuring employees who get Covid.

3 Comments

  • Suvir

    Suvir

    8:52 AM, 28-08-2021

    It’ll become standard to force all front line workers in key industries like travel to be vaccinated.

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  • Ray Cooney

    Ray Cooney

    10:30 PM, 25-08-2021

    What happens then if a vaccinated employee gets the virus shouldn't they have to pay the $200 to cover themselves.

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  • 9:55 PM, 25-08-2021

    Yes. Next best thing if Delta is not mandating vaccination. Why should the insurance /health system have to pay for their stupidity?

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