Delta Air Lines accounced on Wednesday that it will begin charging unvaccinated workers a hefty monthly sum.
Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said in a memo sent to employees that unvaccinated employees who participates in the airline's health care plan will suffer an additional USD 200 monthly fee beginning in November.
Bastian said that the additional charge is the high cost of hospital stays for coronavirus patients and the risk they pose to the company's earnings.
The CEO has said in the memo that an average hospital stay for Covid-19 has cost Delta airlines USD 50,000 per person and this fee will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinated is creating for the company.
Bastian also indicated that all the Delta employees who have been hospitalized with Delta variant of coronavirus were not fully vaccinated.
Starting September 30, only fully vaccinated delta employees who has experience a breakthrough infection and have to miss work will qualify for paid sick leave.
The Delta airlines has urged their employees to get their respective vaccine shots, but stopped short of mandating vaccination against coronavirus.