Alaska Airlines Implements New Requirements for Unvaccinated Employees

Sep 3, 2021 By MarketDepth

Business Healthcare


Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) announced that it will now require unvaccinated employees to be tested frequently for Covid-19, however it has not yet issued a vaccine mandate for workers. Additionally, the company is now offering a USD200 bonus to all workers that show proof of vaccination by October 15. Currently, three-quarters of Alaska Airlines 20,000 employees are vaccinated.

“We believe having as many people as possible vaccinated is the best path for protection against COVID-19 and we will continue to strongly encourage our employees to be vaccinated. As of today, 75% of Alaska and Horizon employees who have shared their vaccination status are vaccinated.”

Statement from Alaska Airlines

The carrier also announced that all new hires are to be fully vaccinated against covid-19. Amid a surge in cases and hospitalizations, the company shared considerations of a possible vaccine mandate.

“We appreciate every employee who has put in the effort to get vaccinated, and we continue to encourage our employees to get the vaccine.”

Statement from Alaska Airlines

Employees that choose to remain unvaccinated will be required to attend a vaccine education program and will no longer qualify for quarantine pay in the case of Covid-19 exposure or infection.

Safety Protocols

As we have throughout the pandemic, we’ll continue to adjust our safety protocols as we learn,” Alaska’s statement concluded.