$500 Covid Vaccine Bonus For Bolthouse Farms Staff

Posted: Mar 23, 2021



Jeff Dunn, CEO of Bolthouse Farms, is offering his full-time hourly employees $500 to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the Wall Street Journal first reported Sunday.


Bolthouse employees must submit a photo of their vaccination cards to the company after they've had their shot to receive the bonus, the Journal reported.

The California-based company, known for its smoothies and dressings, has poured tens of millions of dollars into COVID-19 safety measures, including testing, protective clothing, paid time off, and staff cover for anybody who is self-isolating, Dunn told the Journal.

Bolthouse also hosts vaccine events weekly at its main plant in Kern County to deliver shots on-site, Dunn said.

Dunn said his philosophy was to "go bigger now because it gives us the best chance at reaching herd immunity quickly."

Before the $500 incentive for a COVID-19 shot, Bolthouse paid its full-time hourly workers an extra $100 every week for their role as essential workers during the pandemic. This stopped once the vaccine bonus was introduced, Dunn said.

Workers at Bolthouse are a priority group for getting shots because it is a food and agriculture company, and it has secured shots for all its California essential workers, Dunn said.

The company has about 1,800 hourly workers at its Kern County plant, and 1,100 have signed up for the vaccine, the Journal reported. So far, 475 employees have received at least one shot.

By Kate Duffy
03-22-2021
Source and complete article by: msn.com



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