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Southwest Airlines Deploys New Covid-19 Vaccine Incentives For Staff

A traveler wearing a protective mask speaks with an attendant at the Southwest Airlines check-in area at Oakland International Airport in Oakland, California, United States, Tuesday, Jan.19, 2021.

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Southwest Airlines introduced new incentives on Wednesday to vaccinate its staff against Covid-19, following similar policies that were put in place at other airlines earlier this year.

The Dallas-based carrier said it would offer additional pay to staff who show proof of full vaccination by mid-November, according to a note from the company, which has been reviewed by CNBC.

Employees who download their vaccination cards at the company by the end of Nov. 15 will receive 16 hours of pay, although attendants and pilots receive 13 hours, according to the memo.

“If you have not been vaccinated and choose to do so, this schedule gives you enough time to receive both sets of a two-set vaccine or the single-dose vaccine,” Southwest wrote to staff.

Southwest will also limit quarantine wage protections for Covid infections to staff who have been vaccinated, effective November 16. However, these unvaccinated employees can still use their own sick leave.

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