Lidl US announced it will be providing $200 in extra pay to all Lidl US employees who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The pay offsets costs associated with vaccine administration, including travel costs and childcare.
Lidl joins Aldi, Dollar General and other retailers rolling out plans to assist employees looking to get vaccinated. The move joins others made by Lidl during the pandemic such as offering comprehensive medical coverage to all full and part-time employees and developing a first-in-the-industry program with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to give all its employees access to comprehensive COVID-19 medical coverage at no cost.
“We are proud to provide our employees the resources they need to receive the COVID-19 vaccine free of any obstacles,” said Johannes Fieber, CEO 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.”
The Arlington, Va.-based retailer said an internal survey showed that nearly 8 in 10 Lidl employees plan to get the vaccine as soon as 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.