Dollar General to Offer Incentives for Employees to Receive COVID Vaccine

19 Jan, 2021

Dollar General has become the first big U.S. retailer to financially incentivize workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 
The discount retailer says it will give its frontline hourly workers a one-time payment equivalent to four hours of regular pay after receiving a completed COVID-19 vaccination. Salaried employees will receive additional store labor hours to accommodate their time away from the store. The company said it is also working with distribution and transportation teams to make similar accommodations, reports the publication Chain Store Age. 
Dollar General had more than 157,000 employees and some 16,720 stores nationwide. Trader Joe's, which has about 505 stores, will give employees two hours of pay per dose for getting the vaccine and shift  schedules to make sure employees have time to get vaccinated, CSA reports.
Dollar General does not have on-site pharmacies and currently has no systems in place for employees to receive a vaccine at their worksite. The retailer said it doesn’t want its employees to have to choose between receiving a vaccine or coming to work, so it was working to remove barriers (e.g., travel time, mileage, child care needs, etc.) by providing frontline hourly associates the pay bonus. 
“We understand the decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccination is a personal choice, and although we are encouraging employees to take it, we are not requiring them to do so,” the company stated.