Delta CEO Ed Bastian says “Beginning Nov. 1, unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta’s health care plan will be subject to a $200 monthly surcharge;
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Airline will add charge for unvaccinated employees enrolled in healthcare plan.
- Delta’s approach instead focuses on the financial burden of Covid-19 and aims to transfer it to those resisting vaccination. Studies show vaccination greatly reduces the risk of severe disease or death from the disease.
- The $200 monthly charge for unvaccinated workers enrolled in Delta’s healthcare plan “will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company,” Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian wrote to employees Wednesday.
- Mr. Bastian put a price on the lack of vaccination, saying the additional charge will help to cover hospital stays that are more likely for unvaccinated people infected with Covid-19—something that he said can cost the company as much as $50,000 a person.