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Dollar General Offering Financial Incentive to Employees Who Get COVID-19 Vaccination

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A national company with deep roots in Kentucky is offering a financial incentive to employees who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dollar General is offering a one-time payment, equal to four hours of regular pay, to hourly workers after they receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

The company wants to encourage workers to get the vaccine when it’s offered to them in the priority distribution schedule. 

In a corporate press release, Dollar General said it is also removing barriers to vaccinations by offering travel time, and assisting with mileage expenses and child care needs.

 

Dollar General began in 1939 as a family-owned business called J.L. Turner and Son in Scottsville, Ky.  

In 1955, it became Dollar General Corporation. The company went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1968. The company opened a new corporate headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tenn. in 2000.

Today the company has more than 17,000 stores in 46 states.

Rhonda Miller joined WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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