Target (NYSE: TGT) announced it will be offering its employees additional pay as well as other incentives if they receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
The retail giant said it will provide hourly workers with four hours of pay when they get the two doses necessary. Furthermore, it is also paying for Lyft rides, up to USD15 each way, to and from the vaccination location.
Over 350,000 part-time and full-time Target employees nationwide will be qualified to receive the vaccine. Nevertheless, a company spokesman stated that the company is not requiring employees to get the shot.
“As more vaccines become available, especially for frontline and essential workers, we’ll help our team members across the country get the information and access they need,” Melissa Kremer, Target’s chief human resources officer said in a corporate blog post. “As we have for the past year, we’ll continue to invest in our team’s pay and benefits so they can take care of themselves, each other and our guests.”
Thus far the vaccine rollout has been slow, preventing many from gaining access to it. However, as the supply increases, companies are facing new roadblocks such as people’s reluctance to receive the vaccine.
Other companies have also disclosed incentives for employees to get the vaccine. Aldi, Dollar General and Trader Joe’s have offered four hours of pay in exchange for getting the two doses. Lidl is offering USD200 to those who get the shots.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby revealed he wants to make it mandatory for company employees to receive the vaccine and believes other companies should do the same.
Target has spent an additional USD1 Billion throughout 2020 on employees, compared to 2019.