Delta Air Lines will impose a monthly fine of $ 200 on employees who are not vaccinated against Covid-19, becoming the first major American company to impose sanctions to encourage vaccination.

The airline Delta Air Lines takes another step among the large US companies to ensure that their workforce is protected against the virus. The sanction will be processed through the health care plan of the airline who have not received vaccinations before November 1. The company will also require weekly testing for employees who are not vaccinated by mid-September.

Delta did not adhere to the requirement that United Airlines announced last month. Goldman Sachs Group, Google and Facebook have also announced the same, but without specifying aggravations for wayward employees. However, specifying by contract the obligation to be vaccinated implies dismissal if the employee does not comply.

Delta has explained that unvaccinated employees pose a greater financial risk. CEO Ed Bastian explained that the average hospital stay for Covid-19 patients has cost Delta $ 40,000 each. The manager ensures that 75% of the workforce is vaccinated.

Under the new company policy , any worker who is not fully vaccinated by September 12 will be required to take a weekly coronavirus test “while community case rates are high.”

Unvaccinated employees should wear masks in all indoor environments, effective immediately. Delta also said that starting September 30, covid wage protection will be provided only to workers who have received both vaccines.

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