Alaska Airlines pressures employees to get Covid-19 vaccination

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Alaska Airlines said it will pay vaccinated employees a $200 bonus.
Alaska Airlines said it will pay vaccinated employees a $200 bonus. Photo Credit: Alaska Airlines

Alaska is the latest U.S. airline to introduce punitive measures in an effort to spur Covid-19 vaccinations among employees. 

In a Sept. 2 announcement, the Seattle-based carrier said that it has stopped paying unvaccinated employees while they quarantine due to exposure to the virus. 

In addition, the carrier said it will institute testing requirements for unvaccinated employees as well as requiring those employees to participate in a vaccine education program. 

"We believe having as many people as possible vaccinated is the is best path for protection against Covid-19, and we will continue to strongly encourage our employees to be vaccinated. As of today, 75% of Alaska and Horizon employees who have shared their vaccination status are vaccinated. This is good progress, but we have more work to do," the carrier said. 

Alaska also said it will pay vaccinated employees a $200 bonus. 

All new hires, effectively immediately, will be required to be vaccinated. 

The carrier's approach to spurring vaccinations is similar to the one announced by Delta last week, though Delta is taking the additional measure of levying an insurance surcharge of $200 per month on unvaccinated personnel. 

United and Hawaiian have gone further, mandating vaccinations for all employees except for those with narrow religious or health exceptions.

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