Dollar General Corp. offered employees a deal: to get the Covid-19 vaccine and get paid for four hours.
The retailer, with 157,000 employees, was one of the first large employers in the United States to encourage employees to vaccinate, indicating that companies with basic workers believe that mass vaccination is the key to overcoming the epidemic.
Grocery stores, airlines and transportation companies are all fighting for workers to give priority to using the Covid-19 vaccine, hoping that they can protect them from the increase in cases nationwide and provide guarantees to customers, which in turn promotes business development.
Some big employers have stated that they want to vaccinate as many workers as possible, but will no longer require employees to shoot. Verizon Communications Inc. told staff this week that it would not require them to be vaccinated, and CVS Health Corp., which is distributing vaccines and is themselves eligible for vaccines, said it encourages but does not require them Vaccination.
From the needs of caring for children and traffic restrictions to scheduling constraints for multiple jobs, many hourly workers face challenges in scheduling vaccines. Some retail workers are cautious about seeking medical services because they receive a minimum wage and often cannot get job-sponsored health insurance or paid leave.