Free Krispy Kreme donuts, cash, and even marijuana companies reap the benefits of getting vaccinated

Vaccinating America will go a long way in helping the country get back to normal.

Employers like Instacart, Target, Trader Joe’s, Chobani, Petco, Darden Restaurants, McDonald’s, and Dollar General are already among a growing list of companies giving workers time off and extra cash to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Kroger grants its employees a $ 100 credit in addition to a one-time payment of $ 100 for taking the vaccine. Publix said it will give employees a $ 125 gift card to use in the store after receiving both cans.

Krispy Kreme Donuts offers everyone – whether employed or not – a free donut with proof of a Covid vaccination.

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And the Walled Lake Greenhouse, a marijuana dispensary in Walled Lake, Michigan, is giving a free pre-rolled joint to anyone over 21 with a proof of vaccination. The “Pot for Shots” campaign is a “way of saying thank you for helping to end this pandemic and getting us back to normal,” the pharmacy said.

Nearly a quarter of employed Americans who are likely or definitely not to be vaccinated would consider getting their shot if offered a cash bonus or scholarship, according to a report by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Still, according to the most recent review, 88% of organizations are insecure or have no plans to offer incentives to promote vaccination.

More than 9 in 10 workers said that their employer did not offer incentives or did not know if this was the case.

That is likely to change, according to Amber Clayton, director of the Society for Human Resource Management’s knowledge center.

As vaccines become more available and employers try to get back in business, more companies will be incentivized, she said.

While a glazed donut is unlikely to tip the scales, “they make a statement and support vaccinations,” Clayton said.

A separate survey by Blackhawk Network found this strategy could be effective. More than two-thirds of workers said they would accept a financial incentive that ranges from as little as $ 10 to as much as $ 1,000. A third said they would be vaccinated for $ 100 or less.

Most said money was the best motivator and paid time off was a distant second choice. Blackhawk Network surveyed more than 2,000 adults in January.

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