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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Publix Supermarkets announced it would give a $125 Publix gift card to each of its more than 225,000 employees who get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The supermarket chain is the latest major employer to offer an enticement to its workers to immunize themselves against a virus that’s killed more than 495,000 Americans.

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The gift cards are being offered to current employees who submit an internal form and proof of vaccination, the Lakeland-based company said.

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“We care about our associates and customers and believe getting vaccinated can help us take one step closer to getting back to normal,” Publix CEO Todd Jones stated in a news release. “We’re encouraging our associates to get vaccinated when they become eligible and doses are available.”

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Publix said it’s encouraging but not requiring workers to get vaccinated. Team