Updated on Thursday, 26 August 2021 – 08:13
The list of companies that force their employees to be protected against Covid-19 increases every week amid a new wave of cases
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The fence on those reluctant to get vaccinated begins to tighten in USA. Delta, The second airline by passenger volume in the world, yesterday joined an extensive list of companies that is putting pressure on their employees in their urgency to shelve the pandemic. In a statement to his staff of almost 75,000 employees, the firm based in Atlanta confirmed that those who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 must absorb a $ 200 monthly increase on your health insurance.
Not only that. The CEO of Delta, Ed Bastian, announced that all those who resist inoculation will have to wear a mask at their workstations from September 12 and 20 days later they will remain unpaid if they test positive due to the virus and must be absent from work due to the mandatory quarantine.
The reason given is none other than the increase in the medical bill for the airline as a result of the pandemic. “The average stay in the hospital for Covid-19 it has cost Delta $ 50,000 per person “, Bastian said in a memo to employees. “This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk that the decision not to vaccinate is creating for our company. In the last weeks since the emergence of variant B.1.617.2, all Delta employees who have been hospitalized with Covid were not fully vaccinated. “
In the background, however, the current 20% decrease in the number of flights relative to before the pandemic. The end of the global health crisis should, in principle, provide a huge incentive to regain the confidence of travelers and relaunch the battered tourism sector.
On the table, the possibility that Washington make the vaccine compulsory to get on a plane, in the hope that the number of vaccinated will increase in the face of the season with more displacements of the year, Thanksgiving -which is celebrated on the last Thursday in November- and the Christmas holidays.
They will have against the deniers and those who wave the flag of the right to decide on their bodies and who refuse to be vaccinated. However, there are not a few experts who understand it as a new requirement according to the times we live in, as at the time it was the prohibition of smoking on all flights or the need to go through an X-ray machine for safety after the attacks of September 11, 2001. “I don’t think an unvaccinated person should go to the supermarket,” says David Freeman, professor of communicable diseases at the University of Alabama, a feeling that extends to travel.
Delta’s decision is a further twist in that direction, albeit less aggressive than its direct competitor, United, that at the beginning of August it announced the obligation for its employees to get vaccinated. The same policy have adopted Disney, Chevron and a growing number of companies in the US. Ford Motor require the vaccine for employees before any international travel, Goldman sachs announced that both employees and customers who want to access their offices should be protected against Covid as of September 7 and CVS, the pharmacy chain, require its pharmacists to undergo the injection before November 30.
They also have the backing of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, for its acronym in English), which on Monday gave the green light to the Pfizer officially, which could be decisive in case of lawsuits. In that regard, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirmed that any company has the legal right to request that its employees be vaccinated.
It was a predictable reaction to the skyrocketing number of cases across the country. From the 12,000 positives on average at the beginning of July, they have risen to the more than 150,000 that are currently registered daily. Hospitals are once again saturated in many states and every day a thousand people lose their lives to the virus. Even so, just 52% of the population can claim to be vaccinated with the full pattern, a real threat to the economic recovery of the world’s leading power.
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