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Lufthansa, Delta AirLines announce mandatory employee vaccinations

08/26/2021 - 09:13

Two major airlines announced introduction of mandatory vaccinations for their employees. Lufthansa will limit the requirement to crews working on flights, while Delta Air Lines is ready to charge additional fees to all employees who are not vaccinated by November.

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Reuters reported, citing a statement from the German carrier, that Lufthansa is still negotiating with the union representatives to reach an agreement on vaccinations. So far, the relevant requirement has been put forward only to employees of Swiss - a subsidiary of Lufthansa, as the company was entitled to do within the framework of existing labor contracts. All crew members of the Swiss carrier must be vaccinated by mid-November.

At the same time, the American Delta Air Lines announced that after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has received full approval in the United States, all its employees in the country must be vaccinated. Beginning Sept. 12, anyone who is not vaccinated will be required to be tested weekly for COVID-19 until disease rates in the region are low. 

Beginning in late September, the company will stop paying for the days not worked for employees who fall ill with COVID-19 while unvaccinated. Starting in November, the company will start charging an extra $200 a month to those employees who use corporate health insurance but don't get vaccinated. This money, according to the head of the company Ed Bastian, should help Delta cover the cost of employee stays in hospitals. The CEO specified that it costs the company an average of $50,000 to treat an employee, and in recent weeks, all employees who ended up in the hospital with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.

Earlier, other major companies, including American banks Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, as well as retailer Walmart, United Airlines, Disney, Microsoft and Google, announced the mandatory vaccination of employees.