The chain said on Wednesday that it would give its workers a one-time payment, equivalent to four hours’ pay after receiving a completed vaccination.
“We don’t want our employees to choose whether to get vaccinated or come to work.” Dollar General (GD) said in a press release, noting that workers face obstacles to vaccination every hour, such as travel time, petrol mileage or childcare needs.
The company, which has 157,000 employees as of Oct. 30, called the vaccine a “personal decision”
; and said it would not require it.
His announcement comes as the spread of the vaccine begins slowly in the United States. So far, more than 27.6 million doses of vaccine have been distributed, according to the CDC, and more than 9.3 million people have received their first dose. Federal officials said 20 million people would receive the first doses by the end of December.
Dollar General is considered a major retailer and remains open throughout the pandemic. Most countries still vaccinate health workers and residents and staff in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, according to Kaiser. Major workers, such as retailers and grocery stores, will be vaccinated at later stages of release, but their right to receive the vaccine varies from country to country.
Dollar General is not the only employer offering financial incentives to workers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The Houston Methodist, a Texas hospital system with more than 26,000 employees, will also offer a $ 500 bonus to workers if they are vaccinated.
CNN’s Christina Maxuris contributed to this article.