Aldi is ensuring that all hourly workers who want to receive COVID-19 vaccine are able to do so without concerns about losing pay or taking time away from work.
To ensure that workers aren't worried about losing pay if they choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Aldi 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.
"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, 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."
The retailer continues to work with government and health care officials to do its part to reduce exposure to COVID-19 as it explores ways to enhance vaccine accessibility. For example, Aldi will implement on-site vaccination clinics at its warehouse and office locations to make sure that its employees have easy access to the vaccine.
The food retailer has also implemented a number of safety measures to protect its employees as well as its millions of monthly customers. For instance, intensified cleanings are conducted throughout its stores, with an added focus on high-touch areas and carts.Customers and employees are also required to wear properly fitting face coverings.Additionally, vulnerable shoppers are encouraged to shop during dedicated times on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
With more than 2,000 stores across 37 states, Aldi U.S.is No. 26 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2020 listofthe top food retailers in North America. The retailer is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022. With16,720 stores in 46 states and approximately 140,000 associates,Dollar General is No. 16 on PG's list.