Batavia, Illinois-based grocery retailer Aldi is removing obstacles for its workers to access the COVID-19 vaccine, if they so choose. The company is working closely with state and local officials across the U.S. to ensure front-line workers remain prioritized, and Aldi has unveiled its plan to support employees.
Aldi is ensuring that all hourly workers who wish to receive the vaccine are able to do so without concern about losing pay or taking time away from work. The company will cover costs associated with vaccine administration and will provide employees with two hours of pay for each dose they receive, up to four hours total, as well as scheduling flexibility for salaried employees.
The company continues to work with government and health care officials to do its part to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and will continue exploring further ways to enhance vaccine accessibility. For example, the company will implement on-site vaccination clinics at its warehouse and office locations to ensure its employees have easy access to the vaccine.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, our entire Aldi team has worked to keep stores safe and stocked and serve communities without interruption,” said Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi U.S. “Providing accommodations so employees can receive this critical vaccine is one more way we can support them and eliminate the need to choose between earning their wages and protecting their well-being.”
Aldi has implemented a number of safety measures as a result of the pandemic, from intensified in-store cleaning to requiring masks to scheduling special hours for vulnerable shoppers. For more information about Aldi COVID-19 safety measures, visit the ALDI website here.
Aldi is one of America’s fastest-growing retailers, serving millions of customers across the country each month. With more than 2,000 stores across 37 states, Aldi is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022.