Dollar General will give workers 4 hours of pay if they receive the COVID-19 vaccine

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Dollar General Corp. DG, + 0.08% is offering employees a deal: Get a Covid-19 vaccine and receive four hours of pay. The retailer, which has 157,000 employees, is among the first large American employers to incentivize staff to get vaccinated, a sign that companies with essential workers see mass inoculation as critical to overcoming the pandemic.

Grocery stores, airlines, and transit companies are vying for priority access to Covid-19 vaccines for their workers, hoping to protect them from the increase in cases nationwide and provide safety for customers, which will help turn drives business. Some large employers have said they want as many workers vaccinated as possible, but they will not go so far as to require that staff be vaccinated. Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, -0.62% told staff this week that it will not require vaccinations, and CVS Health Corp. CVS, -2.04% whose pharmacists are distributing vaccines and are eligible to receive doses, said that Encourage but don’t order shots. An expanded version of this article appears on WSJ.com Popular WSJ.com Stories: