Delta Air Lines Is Charging Unvaccinated Employees $200 Insurance Fee. Will It Work?

As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more companies are starting to require coronavirus vaccines for their employees. But this week, Delta Air Lines chose a different tactic when it became the first major U.S. company to say it will charge more for health insurance if employees do not get vaccinated. Some may see this as a compromise between vaccine mandates and more positive incentives, but experts say it could be complicated to execute and that there’s no way to tell how effective it will be. The move represents the tricky calculus employers are being forced to make as they try to keep employees safe and their companies running while avoiding the worker shortages hitting some industries. It also comes as vaccinated individuals around the country are blaming unvaccinated people for surging daily case numbers, resulting in increased hospitalizations, deaths, a return to mask-wearing and social-distancing measures, among other consequences. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] “We’ve always known that vaccinations are the most effective tool to keep our people safe and healthy in the face of this global health crisis,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday. “That’s why we’re taking additional, robust actions to increase our vaccination rate.” Starting on Nov. 1, Delta employees who have not been vaccinated will have to pay an extra $200 per month if they remain on the company’s...
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