- Amazon has launched a corporate lottery for frontline employees who can provide proof of immunization.
- Amazon has calculated the worth of the incentives to be around $2 million with as many as 18 winners.
- The business is not the first to give incentives to vaccination skeptics in an attempt to persuade them to change their minds.
Max your Vax
Amazon is serious about vaccinating its employees against COVID-19, and the online giant has launched a corporate lottery for frontline employees who can provide proof of immunization.
According to Bloomberg, the ‘Max your Vax’ challenge is accessible to frontline employees such as warehouse and logistics workers, as well as hourly workers in Whole Foods Market, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon Web Service data centers.
The world’s largest online store is hoping that a corporate lottery named Max Your Vax would convince those who have yet to take the vaccination to do so. So far, it has declined to require vaccinations for its 1.3 million employees. According to Bloomberg, the news comes on the same day that Amazon announced that all employees, regardless of vaccination status, would be compelled to wear masks in its logistics facilities beginning August 9. Amazon employees who have been vaccinated have been permitted to work without the use of a mask since late May.
Rewarding Vaccinated Members
Amazon previously paid up to $80 if staff members were immunized against the disease. Employees are needed to satisfy growing demand from online consumers as well as staff hundreds of new stores that will open in the coming months. Some Amazonians and their bosses are afraid that requirements would force vaccination skeptics out of their jobs.
Amazon has calculated the worth of the incentives to be around $2 million. There may be as many as 18 winners. Among the rewards are five new cars and five vacation packages, as well as two $500,000 and six $100,000 cash awards.
While Disney and Walmart have begun to mandate vaccination injections for the bulk of its employees, Amazon has failed to do so for Amazon warehouse and frontline workers, many of whom have worked during the COVID-19 epidemic. Amazon began providing on-site COVID immunization clinics in March, but by July, it had discontinued testing its warehouse workers.
Amazon’s stock price has declined 0.9 percent to $3344.94 as of August. Shares have increased by more than 80% since the beginning of last year as a result of the internet shopping boom induced by Covid-19 lockdowns.
The business is not the first to give incentives to vaccination skeptics in an attempt to persuade them to change their minds. Money-making lotteries sprung up around the country, while gold bars and a diamond Rolex were raffled off in Hong Kong and a snowmobile was given away in Russia.