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Instacart and Trader Joe’s Are Paying Their Employees to Get Vaccinated

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Although plenty of people know that getting the coronavirus vaccine is the right thing to do, things get in the way. For some, it’s a dislike of needles. For others, it’s the hassle of scheduling an appointment. And for many people, it’s the very real cost of time away from work.

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To encourage their employees to be vaccinated, several employers are offering financial incentives. MarketWatch reports that Instacart is offering its delivery workers $25 to receive the shot. Trader Joe’s is giving employees two hours’ pay for each dose of the vaccine they receive, and Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is giving employees four hours’ pay when they are fully vaccinated.

Other employers, such as Target (NYSE: TGT) and Albertsons (NYSE: ACI), have said that they will not pay employees to get the shots. However, both operate on-site pharmacies, making it convenient for their workers to receive the vaccine.

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Retail workers are on the front lines, coming into contact with hundreds of people every day. This makes them especially vulnerable to getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others. In most states, they have priority to receive the vaccine, but having priority and actually getting it are two different things.

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Employers can require vaccination as a condition of employment, except for workers with bona-fide religious or health objections. Many choose to encourage rather than require. For annual flu shots, some companies offer on-site vaccination or give employees small gifts for proof that they received one.

A coffee gift card is nice, but the best incentive is being immune.

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