Bravo To Delta Airlines For Its Tougher COVID Mandates! Not A Time For Politics!

By Donald A. Collins | 27 August 2021
Church and State

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta showed a chart to viewers of CNN on Thursday morning August 26th which dramatically compared the huge rise in COVID cases for the unvaccinated while virtually none for those who are vaccinated.

Exceptions for those vaccinated occur but those vaccinated seldom die. One of my friends, in his early eighties, got COVID and is now hospitalized on a ventilator, but is expected to recover. In our 90’s my wife and I though vaccinated nearly 8 months ago, still wear masks if we go anywhere in public.

Thus, when Delta Airlines finally brought down economic hammer on its stupid unvaccinated employees, I could only say, Bravo! Since May Delta has required new hires to be vaccinated. You can read that story here.

Now on August 26th on page one of the Wall Street Journal it reported that Delta tightened its vaccine requirements.

Quoting the article,

Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL +0.10% pivoted to a more-punitive approach toward getting its workforce vaccinated against Covid-19, saying unvaccinated workers will pay a $200 monthly health insurance surcharge and could lose pay protection for missing work due to the disease.

The moves reflect a new front in companies’ efforts to keep employees safe and working. Until now, many employers had used incentives, such as cash bonuses, to motivate workers to get vaccinated, or have mandated vaccinations.

Delta’s approach instead focuses on the financial burden of Covid-19 and aims to transfer it to those resisting vaccination. Studies show vaccination greatly reduces the risk of severe disease or death from the disease.

The $200 monthly charge for unvaccinated workers enrolled in Delta’s healthcare plan “will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company,” Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian wrote to employees Wednesday.

This sharper financial approach should be the standard for all institutions.

Many other private and public institutions have already done so, but now is the time to say to all these walking plague carriers “Get vaccinated or be utterly isolated morally and physically from participating in public life!”

And to their dangerous abettors such as the no mask advocates like the Governors of Florida and Texas, “Plague promoting is a moral crime which will cost you politically in the midterms!”

The time for bleating about civil rights and individual liberty about the felony of spreading a lethal disease should be over.

To ignore or allow unvaccinated felons to wander among us is like allowing people of unknown mental capacity to carry loaded guns which could discharge on innocent vaccinated people at any time.

Now every Fortune 500 company should do what Delta has done against the Delta variant by making a financial cost to the non-vaccinated.

You can read the actions taken so far by the recent list of those companies from Fortune magazine here.

The nearly 90 million unvaccinated American felons are still out there. They will soon if not now feel the heat for their feckless misbehavior!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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