Aldi is “ensuring that all hourly workers who wish to receive the vaccine are able to do so without concern about losing pay or taking time away from work,” the company said in a news release.
Aldi joins Dollar General, Trader Joe’s and Instacart as major US companies that have made similar moves.
Beginning February 1, Instacart will have a “vaccine support stipend” of $25 available for in-store employees and its independent contractors who have been vaccinated. To be eligible, its independent shoppers must have shopped and delivered at least five batches for the company in the past 30 days.
Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Instacart and Dollar General are all stopping short of mandating vaccinations for their employees.
Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine expert at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said mandates don’t make sense right now because of supply constraints. They would also be “too provocative at this point” and provoke backlash among anti-vaccine groups.
“Right now, encouraging employees to get vaccinated and creating that leave policy for that purpose is a great idea,” he said, adding that mandates could be revisited once more people have been vaccinated and more doses are available.
—CNN Business’ Matt Egan and Sara O’Brien contributed to this article.