Southwest pays airline staff to get vaccinated

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Not only will Southwest Airlines employees get to eat the extra peanuts and crackers after their flights, but they will also get some extra cash if they get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Dallas-based airline announced the incentive on Wednesday.

Southwest is not the only airline to give out an incentive, as several other airlines rolled out similar policies earlier this year.

Staff who work for Southwest that show proof of full vaccination by mid-November will receive extra pay, according to a company memo, CNBC reported.

The bump in pay is worth two full days of compensation, or 16 hours. In addition, flight attendants and pilots will receive payment for 13 trip segments, the company said.

The company memo said that the policy is reportedly “unrelated” to President Joe Biden’s recent COVID-19 vaccination mandate. However, Southwest last week said it was “prepared to move toward compliance” with the forthcoming rules.

“If you have not been vaccinated and choose to do so, this timeline gives you enough time to receive both rounds of a two-series vaccine or the single-dose vaccine,” Southwest wrote in its memo.