Lidl offers $200 extra to U.S. workers to get COVID-19 vaccination

FILE PHOTO: The company's logo is seen above the entrance of a supermarket of retailer Lidl, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Zurich, Switzerland June 22, 2020. Picture taken June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

(Reuters) - German discount supermarket chain Lidl said on Wednesday it is providing an extra $200 to all its U.S. employees who get vaccinated for COVID-19, as states make shots more widely available.

The announcement follows similar moves from peers Aldi and Dollar General Corp, as well as grocery delivery firm Instacart, with Lidl’s incentive among the biggest a company has offered its U.S. workers so far.

Lidl said its employees were “eager” to get vaccinated, citing an internal survey in which nearly eight in 10 workers said they planned to get inoculated as soon as a vaccine became available.

The company sells its products in more than 125 stores across nine East Coast U.S. states.

Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.