Marriott International has announced that it is going to pay its employees for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the company’s Vaccination Care Program, Marriott staff across all brands in the United States and Canada will receive the equivalent of four hours of pay for getting their COVID shots.
Marriott’s vast portfolio includes several well-known brands, including Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Sheraton, Residence Inn, Westin, and many more.
While the hospitality company is urging employees to get vaccinated, vaccination will not be mandatory.
“To encourage our associates to get vaccinated, we are also providing education on the benefits of vaccination and directing leaders to allow for schedule flexibility for vaccination appointments,” the company said in a statement on its website. “Although the company is strongly encouraging associates get vaccinated, vaccination is not mandated.”
David Rodriguez, global chief human resources officer at Marriott International, said the goal of the program is to “remove potential obstacles to getting vaccinated so our associates can put their health first and have peace of mind.”
“Marriott International is confident that vaccination is a key measure, along with mask wearing, social distancing and stepped-up cleanliness protocols and hygiene practices in minimizing the spread of COVID-19,” Rodriguez said.
Other companies out there are offering a similar incentive to its employees.
U.S.-based National Railroad Passenger Corporation Amtrak recently announced that it will pay its roughly 20,000 workers the equivalent of two hours in wages to get their COVID shots.
McDonald’s, too, is offering staff up to four hours of paid time off to get vaccinated.
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