September 13. Delta Air Lines’s chief health officer announced last week 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 Aug. 25.
Before the new surcharge policy was announced, roughly 74 percent of Delta’s employees were vaccinated. That number, however, is now approximately 78 percent.
“I know some of you may be taking a wait and see approach, or waiting for full FDA approval. 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,” Bastian told employees in a company memo at the time.
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.
Source: The Hill