Alaska Airlines Airbus A320-214 arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on September 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Alaska Airlines will need unvaccinated employees to be tested regularly for Covid-19 but the Seattle-based carrier has stopped short of sending the vaccines, a policy it said it would consider last month.
Alaska said employees who share the vaccination test through Oct. 15 will receive a $ 200 bonus. Three-quarters of the airline’s approximately 20,000 employees have been vaccinated so far.
Vaccination policies of airlines for their personnel vary. United Airlines will require its U.S. workforce about 68,000 people to be vaccinated by Sept. 27, subject to religious and medical exemptions. Delta Air Lines announced last month that it plans to impose a $ 200 supplement to medical insurance for unvaccinated employees in November.
Alaska Airlines has said it will no longer cover the pay of employees not vaccinated for Covid exposure or infection. Unvaccinated personnel must also participate in “a vaccine education program.”
New hires must be vaccinated to work at Alaska Airlines or the Horizon Air subsidiary, as well as a requirement to start working at Delta.