(ETH) – Delta Air Lines becomes the latest company to require new employees to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine, making it one of the largest US companies yet to issue a mandate. “Any person joining Delta in the future we will mandate to get vaccinated before they can sign up with the company,” CEO Ed Bastian told CNN’s Richard Quest in an exclusive interview.
Bastian went on to say that he would “strongly encourage” Delta’s existing 75,000 employees to get the vaccine and help them “understand the risk to not get vaccinated.” He went on to warn that those who choose to opt-out of being vaccinated might face restrictions, such as not being able to work for international flights, he said.
According to CNN, More than 60% of the airline’s current employees have already had at least one shot and it expects that about 80% of employees will be fully vaccinated, according to Quest.
The report details that the Atlanta-based company created a vaccination center back in February at its museum near the airport. In addition to Delta employees, their friends, families, and eligible children can also receive their vaccine at the facility. Bastian said it’s administering roughly 5,000 shots per day.
“It signals confidence that we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe as well as to keep our customers safe because customers knew Delta employees were being tested all throughout the process,” Bastian referenced of the airlines’ testing and vaccination procedures.