Dollar General Invests in Workers That Will Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN - The CDC recently advised that essential workers, including employees in the agriculture and grocery industries, were prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine. As grocers across the industry continue to navigate the logistics of vaccinating their employees, Dollar General announced last week that it would pay its employees for four hours worth of work if they received the coronavirus vaccine.
“We do not want our employees to have to choose between receiving a vaccine or coming to work, so we are working to remove barriers (e.g., travel time, mileage, child care needs, etc.) by providing frontline hourly team members with a one-time payment equivalent of four hours of regular pay after receiving a completed COVID-19 vaccination and salaried team members with additional store labor hours to accommodate their time away from the store. We’re also working with our distribution and transportation teams to make similar accommodations for those teams,” Dollar General said in its company statement.
The statement went on to note that although Dollar General is encouraging employees to get vaccinated, it is not requiring them to do so. Even so, the company has created a unique strategy that we at ANUK are eager to see play out. Aside from this initiative, Dollar General has proven its commitment to protecting its employees throughout the pandemic.
“While the vaccine is one critical way to slow this pandemic, we continue to take the necessary precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which include wearing a mask or facial covering, practicing good hygiene (including frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer), and proper social distancing,” the statement said. “We are staying informed and following guidance from the CDC, as well as state and local health officials regarding continued COVID-19 safety.”
To read Dollar General’s statement in full, please click here. Vaccinating retail employees is of increasing importance, and the team at AndNowUKnow will continue to keep you informed.