How the Airline Industry Is Approaching Employee Vaccinations

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The surge in the delta variant of the coronavirus has disrupted the country's plan to get back to normalcy. 

Despite the plea from health experts to get COVID-19 shots, many people are still reluctant to get vaccinated, which is one of the reasons why new cases are increasing.

As of Sept. 16, the U.S. averaged 136,558 new COVID cases daily according to the CDC’s 7-day moving average.

The U.S. airline industry is also trying its best - from extra pay to perks to mandates to get its workers vaccinated. 

Southwest Airlines  (LUV) - Get Southwest Airlines Co. Report  joined the list of airlines offering employees extra pay to get inoculated. The Dallas-based carrier is reportedly offering 16 hours of extra pay or paying 13 trips segment for pilots and flight attendants who are vaccinated by mid-November.

Similarly, on September 4, Alaska Airlines  (ALK) - Get Alaska Air Group, Inc. Report announced a $200 bonus payment for vaccinated employees.

A few months ago, American Airlines  (AAL) - Get American Airlines Group, Inc. Report also announced that it is giving an extra day off to vaccinated employees to be used in 2022.

On the other hand, United Airlines  (UAL) - Get United Airlines Holdings, Inc. Report made headlines in August when the company told its employees to get vaccinated by October 25 or risk job losses.

Delta Airlines  (DAL) - Get Delta Air Lines, Inc. Report also announced that their unvaccinated employees will be charged an extra $200 in their monthly health insurance premium beginning November 1. 

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