Grocery Store Worker Vaccination Incentives

Issue 59

02.22.21 - There has been a growing list of US grocery store chains and retailers offering incentives to employees who get the Covid-19 vaccine. Publix, the popular Southern supermarket chain, became the most recent store to do so, stating that it is offering its employees $125 gift cards when they sign up and show proof of their vaccination.

While such incentives are growing rapidly in popularity, vaccine distribution and eligibility puts a limit on how far this can go. The vast majority of low-wage grocery and retail workers in the country have not yet been made eligible for the vaccine. Nevertheless, the trend could continue to grow in popularity.

Here are some of the companies currently offering incentives:

Target
Target has stated that they will offer Lyft rides to any employee who goes and get the vaccine, as well as an additional two hours of pay for each dose they receive.

Kroger
Kroger is offering its employees a one-time payment of $100 for providing proof of vaccination. The grocery store giant has also stated that it intends to reward its front-line workers with $100 store credit and 1,000 fuel points for their efforts during the pandemic.

Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s has also stated that it intends to offer its employees 2 hours of additional pay for each dose of the vaccine received.

Aldi
Aldi’s has also stated that it will be offering its workers with two hours of pay for each vaccine dose they receive. The German grocery chain said it would also "cover costs associated with vaccine administration" to its employees who want to get vaccinated.

Dollar General
The family chain is giving its workers four hours of pay after receiving proof of a completed vaccination.

Starbucks
Starbucks is giving its employees paid time off per dose - up to four hours total of paid time off.


Source: CBS News