Target, which has 350,000 workers, says it will pay up to four hours time off and $30 in Lyft rides for employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
This pay provides incentives to workers who otherwise would say no to vaccination because of missing work.
“All of this on top of our work to ensure the vaccines remain free and easy for all team members — even though we don’t plan to require it for them to come to work,” Target said in a press release.
Walmart, the largest company in the world by revenue and the largest private employer in the U.S., has so far refused to give workers paid time off to get the vaccine. The company’s is stunning given that its profits grew over 50% during the pandemic, not to mention that most of its workforce is public-facing. The Walton heirs, by the way, saw their net worth increase $40 billion during the pandemic.
Target joins chains like Trader Joe’s, Dollar General, and McDonald’s in offering paid time for vaccinations.