May 16, 2021 4:07pm
Updated: May 16, 2021 4:18pm
Delta Airlines will require all new employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, though the company will not mandate that current employees get inoculated.
"Delta knows that vaccines are the best tool available to protect one another and bring an end to the pandemic, and the airline has made great progress to achieve herd immunity within its workforce, with more than 60 percent of employees already vaccinated," the company said. "To help maintain this trajectory, Delta will require all new hires in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they qualify for an accommodation, effective Monday, May 17."
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 37.1% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated while 47.4% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose.