Southwest Airlines Offers Extra Pay for Staff to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Southwest Airlines introduced on Sept. 15 new incentives to get its staff vaccinated against COVD-19, following similar policies from other air carriers.

The airline company said that it will offer extra 16 hours of pay for fully vaccinated employees who show proof of their vaccination status by the end of Nov. 15, according to a company memo reviewed by business news channel CNBC.

Meanwhile, flight attendants and pilots will receive pay for 13 trip segments, the company said.

“If you have not been vaccinated and choose to do so, this timeline gives you enough time to receive both rounds of a two-series vaccine or the single-dose vaccine,” the Dallas-based carrier wrote to its employees.

Southwest Airlines also said that it will restrict quarantine pay protections for COVID-19 infections to staff who have been vaccinated, effective on Nov. 16. However, unvaccinated employees can still use their own sick time.

According to Southwest Airlines, its new policies were “unrelated” to President Joe Biden’s sweeping measures to increase COVID-19 vaccinations as Delta variant cases surge across the country.

Biden directed the Department of Labor to make vaccinations mandatory for companies with over 100 employees.

Other air carriers that introduced policies to get their staff vaccinated against COVID-19 include Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United Airlines.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 54.2% of the total population of the United States have been fully vaccinated while 63.5% have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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