The chain said on Wednesday that it will pay its workers a one-time payment equivalent to four hours after the vaccination is completed.
“We don’t want our employees to choose between receiving a vaccine or going to work,” Dollar average (Dangerous goods) In a press release, it pointed out that hourly workers face barriers to vaccination, such as travel time, gas station mileage or childcare needs.
The company, which had 157,000 employees as of October 30, said obtaining the vaccine was a “personal decision”
; and said it did not need it.
Its release came at a time when vaccines in the United States were slow. According to the CDC, more than 27.6 million doses of vaccine have been distributed so far, and 9.3 million people have received their first dose. Federal officials have said that by the end of December, 20 million people will receive the first dose of vaccine.
Dollar General is considered an essential retailer and has remained open during the pandemic. Caesar said that most states still only vaccinate health care workers and residents and workers in long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes). Basic workers, such as those in retail and grocery stores, will be vaccinated at a later stage of the promotion, but their eligibility to receive the vaccine varies from state to state.
Dollar General is not the only employer that offers employees financial incentives to purchase the Covid-19 vaccine. The Houston Methodist Church is a hospital system in Texas with 26,000 employees. If vaccinated, it will also provide workers with a $500 bonus.
CNN’s Christina Maxouris contributed to this article.