How Delta Air Lines mandated employee vaccinations without losing workers

US president Joe Biden’s Sept. 9 order directing companies with more than 100 workers to require Covid-19 vaccinations or weekly testing has caused concern among some business owners, who worry workers will quit as a result of the mandate.

But at least one company found a way to boost vaccination without losing employees. Delta Air Lines announced on Aug. 25 it would charge employees for their healthcare plans if they aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19 by November.

“The average hospital stay for Covid-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person,” CEO Ed Bastian wrote in a memo. “This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company.”

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