Delta CEO says airline has not decided whether to mandate COVID vaccines

FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked due to flight reductions made to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

BOSTON (Reuters) – The CEO of Delta Air Lines said on Sunday that the company has not decided whether to mandate COVID-19 vaccines as the White House has requested.

The vaccination rate at the airline should be above 90% by Nov. 1, CEO Ed Bastian told reporters on the sidelines of a conference of airlines group IATA in Boston.

The White House is pressing major U.S. airlines here to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees by Dec. 8 – the deadline for federal contractors. Large U.S. airlines have a number of federal contracts.

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