Delta Air Lines raising unvaccinated employees health insurance premiums by $200

Delta Air Lines will impose a $200 monthly surcharge on employees who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19, , the airline announced on Wednesday.

CEO Ed Bastian announced in new memo to Delta employees, that unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta’s account-based healthcare plan will be subject to a $200 monthly surcharge starting 1 November.

“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,” Bastian wrote.

Earlier this month, United Airlines announced that it will require its US employees to be vaccinated, making it the first large airline to mandate vaccines for its employees.

“While we can be proud of our 75% vaccination rate, the aggressiveness of the variant means we need to get many more of our people vaccinated, and as close to 100% as possible,” Bastian added in the memo.

75% of Delta staff are Currently vaccinated. 

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