What’s better than getting the COVID vaccine? Getting PAID to take the plunge, and get the injection.
If you are lucky enough to work at places like Trader Joe’s, Instacart, Dollar General, or Aldi, you are about to get PAID to go to that clinic — or your doctor — to get the COVID vaccine.
Why are they doing this? Well, obviously it is to encourage people to get the shot.
But, why?? So, to reach Herd Immunity — which is what happens when the majority of the population is immune to a contagious disease — the population needs to be at about 70% vaccinated.
For example, if 80% of a population is immune to a virus, four out of every five people who encounter someone with the disease won’t get sick (and won’t spread the disease any further). In this way, the spread of infectious diseases is kept under control. Depending how contagious an infection is, usually 50% to 90% of a population needs immunity to achieve herd immunity.John Hopkins
Areas, especially in the deep south — including Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama — have a much lower acceptance of the vaccine.
This means that levels BELOW what is needed for Herd Immunity are expected to be achieved in these areas.
Stores are trying to combat this resistance to the vaccine, so HOPEFULLY we reach Herd Immunity, and can kick COVID to the curb.
So, you will see employees getting incentives for getting the vaccine.
At Instacart, they are offering $25 to those who get the shot.
Our goal with the introduction of our new Vaccine Support Stipend is to ensure that, when the time comes, Instacart shoppers don’t have to choose between earning income as an essential service provider or getting vaccinated.Apoorva Mehta, Instacart CEO
Trader Joe’s has a similar incentive program, with each employee getting two hours of pay per injection.
Aldi is going as far as helping PAY for the shots, which is ON TOP of an incentive for getting the injections.
What do you think? Are YOU planning on getting the COVID vaccine? If you are, make sure you ask your employer if they have any payments for receiving it.