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Dollar General will pay its workers to get a Covid-19 vaccine

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A shopping basket sits on the floor inside a Dollar General Corp. store in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Dollar General is scheduled to release earnings figures on December 7. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dollar General wants its employees to get Covid-19 vaccines, so it's offering to pay them to do it.

New York (CNN Business)Dollar General wants its employees to get Covid-19 vaccines, so it's offering to pay them to do it.

The chain said Wednesday that it will give its workers a one-time payment equivalent to four hours of pay after receiving a completed vaccination.

"We do not want our employees to have to choose between receiving a vaccine or coming to work," Dollar General (DG) said in a press release, noting that its hourly workers face hurdles to getting vaccinated, such as travel time, gas mileage or childcare needs.

More than 27. 6 million vaccine doses have so far been distributed, according to CDC data, and more than 9. 3 million people have received their first dose.

Essential workers, such as retail and grocery store workers, are set to be vaccinated in later phases of the rollout, but their eligibility to receive the vaccine varies by states.

Dollar General isn't the only employer to offer financial incentives to workers to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Houston Methodist, a Texas hospital system with more than 26,000 employees, will also offer a $500 bonus to workers if they get vaccinated.

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