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.READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Joining In The Fight Against Global Pandemic
The gift cards are being offered to current employees who submit an internal form and proof of vaccination, the Lakeland-based company said.READ MORE: South Florida House Republicans Vote Against President Biden's $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Relief Package
“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.”MORE NEWS: Trump A Dominant Force At Conservative Conference In Orlando
Publix said it’s encouraging but not requiring workers to get vaccinated.