Dollar General gives employees a bit of push to get vaccinated for COVID-19; Company will pay them for inoculation
Dollar General wants to make sure that all of its staff members will get the COVID-19 vaccine. Thus, to give them a bit of push, the company announced a compensation plan for those who will receive the injection.
The company’s goal in offering the incentive to the staff
In simpler words, Dollar General is paying its employees who will receive the vaccine. The company revealed that it is making an effort to have everyone get vaccinated to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“We do not want our employees to have to choose between receiving a vaccine or coming to work, so we are working to remove barriers,” Dollar General wrote in a press release. “We will be providing frontline hourly team members with a one-time payment equivalent of four hours of regular pay after receiving a completed COVID-19 vaccination and salaried team members with additional store labor hours to accommodate their time away from the store.”
The company further explained that they understand that their workers are entitled to decide for themselves if they want the COVID-19 vaccine or not, stressing that it is their personal choice after all. They pointed out that what they are doing is just to encourage the staff members to take it and not forcing or requiring them to get it.
The COVID-19 vaccine in the US
Dollar General has around 16,720 stores around the U.S.A., and it has 157,000 employees in total. Fox Business notes that so far, this variety store chain is the first to offer compensation for its staff to get the vaccine.
In the region, people in nursing home facilities, both the workers and patients, were given the first priority to get vaccinated. Health care workers are also being prioritized since they are the first ones who are likely to be exposed to the virus.
Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already recommended for the workers in grocery stores to be included in the next round of vaccination in the country. This is why Dollar General stepped up to push its workers to get the chance and be protected.