Supermarket chain Aldi pays US workers who get COVID-19 vaccination

(Reuters) – German supermarket chain Aldi became the latest food company to offer incentives to U.S. employees receiving a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, saying it would give up to four hours of pay for those who choose to receive vaccinations. .

The retailer, which has more than 2,000 stores in 37 U.S. states, said it will cover the costs associated with vaccine administration and deploy vaccination clinics site at the warehouse and office locations.

Dollar General Corp last week offered frontline employees a similar incentive after receiving the vaccine, while grocery delivery company Instacart said it would pay $ 25 to more than half a million workers if they chose to take time to get vaccinated.

Aldi said he was working with officials across the United States to gain priority access for workers to the vaccine, joining other companies, including Amazon.com Inc and Uber Technologies Inc, which are lobbying to bring workers closer together. line for vaccinations.

However, conflicting state and local guidelines on how shots will be administered and on which workers have made the vaccine launch navigation process confusing for companies and industry entities.

Most companies globally have so far been quiet about trying to secure employee doses, although some Indian companies are considering buying COVID-19 shots outright for their employees once the vaccines will be commercially available.

Reporting from Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.