COVID-19 cost us all something. At best, those costs were just convenience and some mobility. For others, the physical and mental costs were greater. For a while this was inevitable. But now that effective vaccines exist, the balance has shifted. COVID-19 has now largely become a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ and the unvaccinated are being asked to bear a greater share of the costs they sustain. These are six things you might pay more for unless you’re vaccinated. Read on to find out more – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
This week, Delta Airlines announced that beginning November 1, employees who do not get vaccinated against COVID will have to pay $200 per month to remain on the company’s health insurance plan. “This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk that the decision not to vaccinate poses to our company,” CEO Ed Bastian said. The New York Times. “In recent weeks since the emergence of variant B.1.617.2, not all Delta employees hospitalized with Covid have been fully vaccinated.” The average hospitalization related to the coronavirus has cost the company about $50,000 per person, he said. This month, Forbes reported that several other companies are preparing similar health insurance premiums, which parallel lengthy fines for smokers.
If you didn’t get your shot and get COVID-19, you may pay more for your treatment, depending on your insurance coverage. “By 2020, before COVID-19 vaccines, most major private insurers waived patient payments — from coinsurance to deductible — for COVID-19 treatment,” Kaiser Health News reported earlier this month. “But many, if not most, have dropped that policy. For example, Aetna terminated that policy on February 28; UnitedHealthcare began to roll back its waivers late last year and terminated them in late March.”
This month, West Virginia Wesleyan College announced a $750 non-refundable fee for unvaccinated students, while Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama — which doesn’t require vaccinations under state law — said it will pay all its students a $50 fee this fall. 500 to cover the cost of weekly testing and quarantine. Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, will fine unvaccinated students up to $2,275 in the fall semester, according to the Hartford Courant. Students who are not fully vaccinated by September 14 will pay $100 per week and lose Wi-Fi access.
Last month, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that unvaccinated passengers must pay $150 for covid-19 testing and purchase travel insurance. Royal Caribbean had previously said that unvaccinated passengers must have a minimum of $25,000 travel insurance to cover medical expenses, plus a $50,000 policy to cover quarantine and evacuation costs. The new rules come in response to a new Florida law that bans “vaccine passports” — companies are now subject to $5,000 per agency fines if they require customers to provide proof of vaccination.
Also subject to Florida’s law banning vaccine passports, a concert promoter came up with a creative way around this: He set ticket prices for a June punk rock show at $18 for the vaccinated and $999.99 for the unvaccinated. “We’re just trying to put on a show safely, and they need to get out there and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families and their community,” he said. told WFTS News in Tampa Bay.
“We do NOT tell you what to do here, we make a business decision and let the market decide,” read the ticket page. “If someone wants to come in unvaccinated, they will scare off a large number of customers and have to pay the difference.”
ETNT HealthNote: The National Football League announced late last month that unvaccinated players will be fined $14,650 per agency for violating mask rules or other requirements that don’t apply to vaccinated players. In addition, teams were warned that if a game has to be canceled due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players and cannot be moved, the team with the outbreak will lose that game.
So follow the basics and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.