New hires with Alaska Airlines will need to get the Covid-19 vaccine, the airlines said in a statement Thursday.
“Our goal is to have as many employees vaccinated as possible,” the statement reads. “We have not yet made a decision on a vaccine requirement for current employees but did implement two new policies to help us reach this goal. All new hires at Alaska and Horizon must now be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their date of hire.”
Seventy-five percent of Alaska and Horizon employees who have shared their vaccination status are vaccinated. Employees who provide the company proof of vaccination will receive a $200 payment, and those who are unvaccinated are being forced to take part in a vaccine education program.
If they get sick with Covid or who have been exposed to it and must quarantine, they will not be paid for their quarantine time.