Published on : Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Delta Air Lines’s chief health officer announced that 4,000 unvaccinated employees got inoculated after the company announced that it was adding a $200 monthly surcharge on its health care plan for employees who were not vaccinated.
Henry Ting, during a media briefing with the Infectious Diseases Society of America, said almost 20 percent of the 20,000 unvaccinated Delta employees moved to be inoculated after CEO Ed Bastian announced the new surcharge policy on August 25.
He also said that the company has not seen any turnover or resignations in response to the new policy.
Before the new surcharge policy was announced, roughly 74 percent of Delta’s employees were vaccinated. That number, however, is now approximately 78 percent.
Ting said the increase was a “huge number” when recognizing that 20,000 people were at first in opposition to getting inoculated. That last 4 percent is very different from the first 4 percent.
Bastion last month unveiled Delta’s new policy, which requires all unvaccinated employees to get tested for COVID-19 every week and wear a mask in indoor settings. The health policy surcharge was also part of that announcement.
The new regulations came after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The weekly testing requirement went into effect on Sept. 12 and will remain in place while community case rates are high. The health care surcharge will be implemented on November 1.
Last month, United Airlines announced a policy that requires all employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, becoming the first major airline to enforce a vaccine mandate.