Alaska Airlines will give $ 200 to vaccinated employees, falls short of company mandate

Alaska Airlines will give $ 200 to vaccinated employees, falls short of company mandate

An Alaska Airlines Airbus A320-214 arrives at Los Angeles International Airport on September 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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Alaska Airlines will require unvaccinated employees to be tested regularly for Covid-19, but the Seattle-based carrier has not required vaccines, a policy it declared last month.

Alaska said employees who shared proof of vaccination before Oct. 15 would receive a bonus of $ 200. Three-quarters of the airline’s approximately 20,000 employees have been vaccinated so far.

Airlines’ vaccination policies for their employees vary. United Airlines will require its approximately 68,000 US employees to be vaccinated by September 27, excluding religious and medical exemptions. Delta Air Lines announced last month that it plans to impose an additional $ 200 for medical insurance on unvaccinated employees in November.

Alaska Airlines has said it will no longer cover salaries for employees unrelated to COVID exposure or infection. Unvaccinated employees must also participate in “a vaccine education program”.

New employees of Alaska Airlines or the Horizon Air subsidiary who need to be vaccinated should also start working at Delta.

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