America’s third largest airline, Delta is set to impose a $200 (£145) monthly fee on unvaccinated employees.

The news of the decision by the airline is contained in a memo to staff by the CEO of Delta, Ed Bastian.

Bastian said the act will help stem the “aggressive spread” of covid-19, and that the surcharge would apply from 1 November to staff enrolled in its healthcare insurance plan, implying most of its 75,000 workers will be affected.

He noted that the average hospital stay for Covid-19 now cost the company $50,000 per person.

Bastian said, “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-19 were not fully vaccinated.”

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