Amazon is rolling out on-site COVID-19 vaccination events for front-line employees, starting in Missouri, Nevada, and Kansas
In a blog, Amazon said, “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our employees, partners, and customers have been our top priority. We built a COVID-19 testing program from scratch when the pandemic began, to ensure front-line employees had access to free, regular testing—something that wasn’t available in most of their communities. We continue to expand the voluntary testing program, and we’ve already processed millions of tests across more than 800 sites globally.”
“Now, we’re using what we learned from the on-site testing program to bring COVID-19 vaccines to our front-line employees.” the company added.
Over the coming weeks, in partnership with local government and public health officials, Amazon is beginning to host on-site vaccination events administered by licensed health care providers at an initial set of Amazon operations buildings in the United States. The company is starting at some fulfillment centers in Missouri, Nevada, and Kansas, but will expand the program across the country as more vaccines become available to front-line employees in other states.
This is an important initiative not only for the health and safety of Amazon employees but for the communities where its teams live and work. Amazon’s events will protect its employees while also helping ease the burden on community-run vaccination clinics.
Amazon is working hard to access COVID-19 vaccine supplies for all of its employees at the earliest appropriate time. And because not every employee will have access to on-site clinics right away, the company is offering up to $80 to front-line employees who get vaccinated off-site. This benefit is on top of the $2.5 billion we invested in special bonuses and incentives for our teams worldwide over the last year, and the $11.5 billion we invested in COVID-19-related measures overall.