Updated May 15, 2021 at 9:57 AM CT

Delta to require vaccine for newbies

       Delta Air Lines will mandate COVID-19 vaccines for new hires, and the company may stop current staff members from working on international flights if they refuse a vaccine, its CEO said.

“Any person joining Delta in the future, a future employee, we’re going to mandate they be vaccinated before they can sign up with the company,” CEO Ed Bastian said on Thursday, per CNN.

Bastian said “well over” 60% of Delta employees already had at least one shot and he expected that up to 80% of all workers would be vaccinated eventually.

He said unvaccinated employees would “probably” be prevented from working on international flights, because destination countries might require people to be vaccinated to enter.

In March, Delta said it would offer daily flights to Iceland from Boston, New York, and Minneapolis starting in May. United Airlines announced last month that it would offer flights this summer to Greece and Iceland for Americans who could prove they’d had a shot.

Employers have struggled with the question of whether to make vaccinations mandatory. Last month, a Methodist hospital in Houston said staff members who refused a vaccine could be fired unless they were exempt for religious or medical reasons.

Employers can mandate vaccine requirements per The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.



Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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Attributes: AASNSports; CNN; DeltaAirlines


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