The demand for travel is on a rise again and Delta Airlines is making sure they are well-equipped to meet those demands, especially because the airline industry has been so badly hit, no thanks to the pandemic. Delta's main hub and headquarter is in Atlanta, Georgia and the giant airline is doing all that it can to ensure that Americans get vaccinated and can begin traveling again.
Delta Airlines has joined forces with the state of Georgia and Hartsfield-Jackson airport to create free COVID-19 vaccination sites at the Atlanta International Airport (ATL) airport, one of the busiest in the United States. These vaccination sites are open to Delta employees and the general public who are eligible to take the vaccine.
This is a plausible move by Delta to ramp up vaccine supply as interest in travel is now on the rise and people are ready to get on the road again. It is also in Delta's interest to do their part to ensure Americans get vaccinated because this will allow people fly more in hopefully the near future.
Delta has already given more than 39,000 vaccinations and says they will be administering 3,000 doses per day starting March 29th. These new vaccination sites will continue to operate for at least the next 13 weeks and may be extended depending on what the governor and chief health officers say. - TravelOffPath
Opening up vaccine sites at the Atlanta airport is not the only way Delta is helping vaccinate Americans. Delta has partnered with ride-sharing app called Lyft for the "Fund a Ride" program. This program was stood up to provide rides to vaccination sites for those in need and specifically targets low-income, uninsured, and at-risk individuals. This is a brilliant move by both Delta and Lyft as access to transportation can be a big barrier for some people who want to get the vaccine.
Through May 31, 2021, Delta will award a one-time bonus of 250 miles to the first 15,000 Delta SkyMiles Members who make a ride donation of $5 or more via their linked Lyft profile.
"I am energized by the continued rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, and while millions are already vaccinated, we must ensure that those most at risk are not left behind," said Lyft Co-Founder and President John Zimmer. "That's why I am proud to expand our Vaccine Access program, bringing together longstanding Lyft partners and their members to help provide transportation access so that our parents, grandparents, and loved ones won't need to worry about how they'll make their vaccine appointment."
As if that wasn't enough, Delta has now added new flights for vaccinated Americans to go to Iceland. Starting May, Delta customers will be able to board a nonstop flight to Iceland as long as they are vaccinated. This new development comes after Iceland announces that it will now allow vaccinated Americans visit without having to quarantine or go through any form of testing.
Delta will launch new daily service from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) beginning May 20 – as well as resume daily service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on May 1 and daily service from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) on May 27.
Fun fact: Iceland is the first destination in Europe to permit entry to fully vaccinated Americans.
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It is very clear that Atlanta's leading airline, Delta is leading the charge when it comes to vaccination, improved testing and even ensuring travel is safe and secure in this time. They are still the only airline that still keeps the middle seats empty till this day. This is testament to their level of quality and commitment to excellence. If you live in Atlanta, Georgia and are eligible to take the vaccine, feel free to head on over to the airport for your free vaccine shot, courtesy of Delta Airlines.