Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Alaska Airlines is offering a $200 incentive to its employees who can prove they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
In an online statement published this week, the Seattle-based US airline announced that it would reward employees who provide proof by October 15 with a premium in a bid to encourage more of them to get vaccinated.
The airline also made the decision to put an end to “special Covid payments” to unvaccinated employees for any absences resulting from exposure to the virus or infection.
Those who have not been vaccinated will also be required to attend a “vaccine education program”, while a “screening protocol” will be offered as “another layer of safety”.
At the same time, the airline said that any new employee joining Alaska Airlines and its subsidiary “Horizon Air” must receive the full vaccination before bringing them on board.
About 75% of the airline’s 20,000 employees have already received vaccinations, according to Alaska Airlines, which has recognized it has “more work to do” when it comes to increasing vaccination rates among employees.
The move comes after United Airlines became the first major US airline to implement a vaccination mandate last month.
The airline said in an email to employees: “We know that some of you will not agree with this decision to request a vaccine for all United employees, but we have no greater responsibility to you and your colleagues than ensuring your safety at work, and the facts are crystal clear: Everyone is safer when everyone receives the vaccination. “.
Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have all confirmed that they will not impose vaccinations on employees.