Delta will require new hires be vaccinated

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Delta will require all future employees to be vaccinated prior to joining the airline, CEO Ed Bastian said in an interview aired Friday by CNN. Photo Credit: QualityHD/Shutterstock.com

Delta will require all future employees to be vaccinated prior to joining the airline, CEO Ed Bastian said in an interview aired Friday by CNN. 

Bastian explained that the carrier won't require existing employees to be vaccinated, because such a policy would be unfair. But he said there could still be consequences for employees who don't get vaccinated. 

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"For example, you probably will not be able to fly an international flight if you are not vaccinated because it's going to be mandated by local authorities in order to get into the country," he said.

Bastian said that more than 60% of Delta's employees have had at least one vaccine shot. He expects 75% to 80% of employees to eventually be vaccinated. 

Delta is running a vaccination center at the Delta Flight Museum at its Atlanta headquarters where it is administering up to 5,000 shots per day, Bastian said.

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