ARLINGTON, VA. - As states make COVID-19 vaccines more widely available, Lidl US announced a new initiative to encourage its employees to get the vaccine.
Lidl is providing $200 in extra pay to all Lidl US employees who choose to receive the vaccine, aimed to offset the costs associated with vaccine administration, including travel costs and childcare. The company will also accommodate employee schedules for vaccine appointments.
"We are proud to provide our employees the resources they need to receive the COVID-19 vaccine free of any obstacles," said Johannes Fieber, chief executive officer of Lidl US. "From the outset of the pandemic, we have worked hard to put the health and safety of our employees first. From offering free COVID-19 healthcare to our entire workforce, to installing hospital-grade air filtration in our stores and warehouses to assure cleaner and healthier air, Lidl has made it a priority to adapt our policies to work better for our people during this pandemic. We are proud to do so again today to ensure that every team member who wants to get vaccinated is able to do so as soon as possible."
According to an internal survey, nearly 8 in 10 Lidl employees plan to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available. The company is providing employees with information about the availability of vaccines in their locality and continues to work with state and local officials to ensure workers are a priority for vaccine distribution.