Walgreens to reward workers for getting vaccinated against COVID-19
DEERFIELD -- Walgreens Friday announced new bonuses and rewards for its pharmacy teams, including providing an incentive of $200 myWalgreens cash to any team member who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 30.
"Throughout the pandemic, we have followed the science, which shows that vaccinations are the best way to protect against the spread of COVID-19," said Kevin Ban, chief medical officer, Walgreens. "A majority of Walgreens team members have already received their COVID-19 vaccinations, and all our support office team members are required to be vaccinated or be enrolled in a regular testing program. This new incentive is one more way we are building on our progress to ensure team members are vaccinated, and complying fully with government guidance."
These new offerings build on recent steps to support and recognize team members, the drugstore chain said. For example, in August, Walgreens said its starting hourly wage will be gradually increased to $15 an hour, taking effect in phases beginning in October through November of next year.
"We are always pleased to thank and reward our pharmacy team members for their exceptional dedication to supporting our patients, customers and communities, especially as they continue to play a vital role in leading the nation's COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts," said John Standley, president, Walgreens.
Walgreens has administered more than 30 million COVID-19 vaccines.