Companies push incentives to get workers vaccinated

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As vaccinations continue in the United States, some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get vaccinated.

Dollar General is one of the first large companies to announce additional pay for workers who get vaccinated. The Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based retailer, which operates nearly 17,000 stores in 46 states, said Wednesday it would give employees the equivalent of four hours’ wages if they receive the vaccine.

Dollar General said the additional pay is intended to offset travel time, mileage and child care expenses that employees will have to incur to get vaccinated.

“We don’t want our employees to have to choose between getting a vaccine or coming to work,” Dollar General said.

The retailer said it was encouraging workers to get the vaccines, but without needing them. In its annual report last February, the company said it had 143,000 employees.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s vaccine advisory committee voted late last month on recommendations for vaccine distribution. The panel said grocery store workers – which would include Dollar General employees – should be in the second group to receive vaccines after healthcare workers and nursing home residents.

Firefighters, police, teachers, correctional officers, postal workers and others are part of this second group, along with those 75 and over. There are about 50 million people in this group.

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