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Delta to Charge Unvaccinated Employees Monthly Fee

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Delta Air Lines announced they will charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Delta’s top executive says the move is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline $40,000.

The airline also said that it will stop extending pay protection to unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 beginning Sept. 30, and will require unvaccinated workers to be tested weekly starting Sept. 12, although Delta will cover the cost. Masks will also be required in all indoor company settings.
The CEO said that 75% of Delta employees are vaccinated, up from 72% in mid-July.