Trader Joe’s Among Stores to Pay Employees Who Get Covid-19 Vaccine

A slew of grocery store chains say they plan to pay their workers extra as an incentive to get Covid-19 vaccines, according to NPR. Trader Joe’s, Dollar General, and other grocery stores are among those signing on, according to CNN.

Instacart plans to provide a $25 “vaccine support stipend” beginning Feb. 1 for its employees who work in their stores, as well as its contractors, who receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Only independent workers who have shopped and delivered five batches or more in the past 30 days will be eligible.

Aldi is planning to give its hourly workers two hours of pay for each Covid-19 vaccine dose. This will give employees up to four hours of paid time off. The company will also pay for all costs affiliated with administering the vaccine.

“Providing accommodations so employees can receive this critical vaccine is one more way we can support them and eliminate the need to choose between earning their wages and protecting their well-being,” Jason Hart, CEO at Aldi U.S., said in a statement.

Dollar General will offer employees who receive the vaccine a one-time payment equivalent to four hours of pay. While all of these companies are offering financial incentives, their executives say they will not yet mandate that all employees must receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

However, according to a recent poll compiled by the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute, 72 percent of current and recent CEOs of major businesses say they would be open to enforcing vaccine mandates in the future.