In addition to the four hours of extra pay (two hours for each vaccine dose), the Minneapolis-based company announced that it will provide free rides up to $15 each way to its U.S. workforce on ride-sharing service Lyft to travel to and from vaccination appointments.
“Taking care of our team has been at the heart of every decision we’ve made since the coronavirus started, and this point in the pandemic is no different,” Melissa Kremer, Target’s chief human resources officer, said in a corporate blog post, adding that the company will not require employees to get the vaccine.
“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. 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.”
Target, which boasts more than three-hundred fifty thousand part-time and full-time workers across the country, also revealed that it is working on ways to get CVS or other providers to give the shots to workers at CVS pharmacies located inside of its stores or at the company’s distribution centers.
More than a dozen large U.S. companies have already announced financial incentives as part of their strategy to get their workers vaccinated.
Recently, the grocery chain Aldi announced that it would cover all costs associated with vaccine administration and provide hourly workers with two hours of extra pay for each dose they receive, which can reach up to a total of four hours.
The company added that it would also work with salaried employees who want to get inoculated.
“The company is working closely with state and local officials across the U.S. to ensure frontline workers remain prioritized, and today Aldi unveiled its plan to support employees,” the company, which has more than two thousand stores across thirty-six states and employs more than twenty-five thousand people, said in a news release.
“Aldi is ensuring that all hourly workers who wish to receive the vaccine are able to do so without concern about losing pay or taking time away from work.”
Aldi is also exploring the possibility of on-site vaccination clinics at its warehouse and office locations to make it easier for its employees to get the shots.
Meanwhile, Trader Joe’s said that it would give its workers two hours of pay per vaccine dose and allow for scheduling that works around vaccination appointments.
Dollar General confirmed that it would give hourly team members a one-time payment of four hours of regular pay after receiving both doses of the vaccine. In addition, salaried workers would receive “additional store labor hours to accommodate their time away from the store.”
And Instacart announced that the company’s shift leads, in-store shoppers, and full-service shoppers in both the United States and Canada would receive a $25 stipend after getting inoculated.
“With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise across the country, we’re taking proactive steps to advocate that government agencies recognize Instacart shoppers as critical essential workers who deserve early access to vaccines. … Instacart shoppers don’t have to choose between earning income as an essential service provider or getting vaccinated,” Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta said in a statement.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.