Grocery chain based in Arlington, Virginia Lidl has become the newest Retailer Provide incentives for COVID-19 Vaccinations, the announcement will be one additional $ 200 to every US employee who is vaccinated.
The additional payment will be used to offset costs incurred by employees in connection with vaccine administration, including travel expenses and childcare. In addition, Lidl will consider employee plans for vaccination appointments.
A Lidl spokesman told FOX Business that its commitment “exceeds the incentives offered by other retailers recently”.
The announcement comes after that Aldis, Trader Joes, and Dollar general said they would cover the cost of administering vaccines to their staff with a salary of up to four hours for the two doses they receive. In the meantime, Instacart will be offering a $ 25 Vaccine Support Scholarship to all eligible employees, including shift supervisors, store buyers, and full-service buyers, starting February 1.
In March, Lidl developed CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, an industry-first program to give all of its employees free access to comprehensive medical COVID-19 coverage.
“We pride ourselves on providing our employees with the resources they need to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unhindered,” said Lidl US boss Johannes Fieber in a Press release Wednesday. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve worked hard to put the health and safety of our employees first. From providing free COVID-19 health care to our entire workforce, to installing hospital-grade air filters in our branches and warehouses, to ensure a cleaner supply. ” and healthier air, Lidl has made it a priority to adapt our policies to work better for our employees during this pandemic. We are proud to be doing this again today to ensure that any team member who wants to get vaccinated can do so as soon as possible. “
According to an internal survey, almost 8 in 10 Lidl employees plan to receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available. Lidl operates around 11,200 branches, is active in 32 countries and employs more than 310,000 people worldwide.
An advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that public-facing staff in grocery stores along with frontline staff such as police officers, firefighters, U.S. Postal Service staff and law enforcement officers on the next round, Phase 1b, of vaccines attend teachers and farm workers.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 35 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been distributed and more than 16.5 million administered as of Wednesday. According to the latest update from Johns Hopkins UniversityThe United States has exceeded 24.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 405,000 related deaths since the pandemic began.
Jeanette Settembre of Fox Business and the Associated Press contributed to this report