Some 4,000 non-vaccinated employees have received the CCP virus vaccine, Delta Air Lines’ chief health officer said after the firm announced it would add a $200-per-month surcharge to its health care plan for workers who had Not vaccinated.
Delta executive Henry Ting said about 20 percent of Delta’s 20,000 employees had to be vaccinated after CEO Ed Bastian’s announcement in late August about the surcharge. Ting also claimed that the firm had not experienced any significant resignations over the policy.
“Within two weeks after the announcement, we’ve seen that about 20 percent, or one-fifth in 20,000, decide to get the vaccine,” he said during a media briefing with the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Ting said that before the announcement, about 74 percent of Delta workers had been vaccinated against the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, which causes COVID-19. He said the number is now around 78 per cent.
“That last 4 percent is very different from the first 4 percent,” Ting said.
On August 25, Bastian wrote in a memo that the additional fee—which will be effective November 1—comes in response to the cost of workers’ COVID-19 hospitalizations.
“The average hospital stay cost for COVID-19 is delta $50,000 per person,” Bastian wrote. “This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk that is causing our company’s decision not to vaccinate.”
Bastian, like other officials and health officials, said the delta version of the COVID-19 policy change is due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. He also said that the company wants about 100 percent of its workforce to be vaccinated.
Earlier this year, Delta announced that new employees would be required to receive the vaccine unless they qualify for the exemption.
Several top airlines, including American and Southwest, have said they are encouraging – but not mandated – employees to receive the vaccine.
A spokeswoman for American Airlines told The Epoch Times in August that they were offering incentives and an extra day off if workers get the vaccine.
But United Airlines said employees who have been granted a medical or religious exemption from taking the vaccine will automatically be placed on unpaid leave.
“Given our focus on safety and the massive increase in COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths, all employees whose requests have been approved will be placed on temporary, unpaid personal leave on October 2, while for unaffiliated employees Specific security measures have been put in place,” United told workers in a memo that was obtained by The Epoch Times.
The memo further states that United “can no longer allow unvaccinated people to return to the workplace” because it cannot be certain how such individuals will interact with customers or co-workers. In August, the company told employees that employees would have to get vaccinated unless they got religious or medical exemptions.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times