Rather than force employees to be vaccinated like United Airlines, Delta Air Lines will penalize employees who refuse the jab at a rate of $200/month if they receive healthcare from Delta. It will also reduce benefits, compel masks, and force weekly testing for unvaccinated employees.
Delta Air Lines – $200 Per Month Surcharge For Not Being Vaccinated
In a memo to Delta employees by CEO Ed Bastian, Bastian noted:
“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.”
- The $200 fee applies to employees on a company health plan who have not been vaccinated by November 1st
- Starting on September 12th, those who are not vaccinated must undergo weekly testing
- It isn’t clear if this testing will be done at their own expense or at Delta’s
- Unvaccinated employees must wear masks indoors effective immediately, even if not compelled by local ordinance
- Starting on September 30th, COVID-19 pay protection will only be offered to employees who are vaccinated
Bastian said the surcharge is “to address the financial risk,” noting that Delta employees who wind up in the hospital with COVID-19 average bills of $40,000 each.
While Delta will not compel employees to be vaccinated, the $200 monthly surcharge for those who take part in the company’s healthcare plan seeks to financially incentivize the vaccination for the roughly 25% of existing employees who have yet to receive the vaccination. That $2,400/year penalty could be even higher if employees must pay for their own testing and no longer receive pay protection if they become sick at work due to COVID-19.