Plenty of companies are trying to motivate people in various ways to get vaccinated for COVID. Even so, a lot of individuals reject the COVID vaccination option, but for how long? Delta Air Lines announced yesterday (August 25) on its official website that the staff members who aren’t vaccinated for the coronavirus will be charged $200 more for the healthcare plan sponsored by the company.
Surely many people would say that the rule isn’t ethical. But the official justification seems reasonable, as quoted on News.Delta.com:
Beginning Nov. 1, unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta’s account-based healthcare plan will be subject to a $200 monthly surcharge. The average hospital stay for COVID-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person. This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company. In recent weeks since the rise of the B.1.617.2 variant, all Delta employees who have been hospitalized with COVID were not fully vaccinated.
The surcharge is indeed high if we take into account only the fact that the minimum wage in the USA is about $1,205. It shall be interesting to see how the public will react to Delta’s surcharge for its employees, and we strongly encourage our readers to leave comments.
A quarter of the world population is fully vaccinated for COVID
According to Our World in Data, 25% of the entire world population is fully vaccinated against COVID. Also, 33% have received at least one dose of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
The COVID pandemic continues to spread across the world, mainly due to the Delta strain that was discovered in India. Worldometers.info reveals that the total number of COVID infections worldwide surpasses 214 million, while more than 4.48 million people lost their lives because of the disease.