Dollar General Corp. is offering employees a deal: Go get a Kovid-19 vaccine and get a four-hour salary.
The retailer, which has 157,000 employees, is one of the first large US employers to encourage employees to vaccinate, a sign that companies with the necessary workforce see vaccination as important in preventing the epidemic.
Grocery stores, airlines, and transit companies are jockeying for priority access to Kovid-19 vaccines for their employees, hoping to protect them from a growing case and to assure customers, who in turn do business.
Some large employers have said that they want more and more workers to be vaccinated, but will reduce the need for employees to receive shots. Verizon Communications Inc. Told employees this week that they would not need to be vaccinated, and CVS Health Corp., whose pharmacists are distributing the vaccine and eligible for the dose themselves, said it encourages but does not mandate shots. .
Workers face many challenges ranging from vaccinations, child care needs, and transportation limitations to the constraints of many jobs. Some retail workers are wary of seeking medical services because they receive minimum wage and often do not have access to work-sponsored health insurance coverage or are not paid.