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02/10/2021

Target offering incentives to hourly employees who get COVID vaccinations

Marianne Wilson
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Target Corp. is going the extra mile to encourage its employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

The retailer said it is providing up to four hours of pay (two hours for each vaccine dose) to its hourly employees when they get the vaccines.  It also will provide all U.S. employees with free Lyft rides — up to $15 each way — to get to and from their appointments if they need it. 

More than 350,000 part-time and full-time Target workers who will be eligible for the incentives. Similar to Dollar General, Aldi, Lidl, Kroger and other retailers that are offering incentives to employees to get vaccinated, Target will not require employees to get the vaccine.

Target also said it is working with CVS, which has more than 1,700 locations in Target stores, to evaluate the locations with an eye to providing the vaccines to its employees and customers in the future.  

“As more vaccines become available, especially for frontline and essential workers, we’ll help our team members across the country get the information and access they need,” Melissa Kremer, Target’s chief human resources officer  said in a corporate blog post. “As we have for the past year, we’ll continue to invest in our team’s pay and benefits so they can take care of themselves, each other and our guests.”