Amazon is among the retailers that are encouraging workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The company is helping to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, vaccinate people in pop-up locations, encourage employees to volunteer in COVID-19 vaccination actions, and provide employees with on-site vaccination.
- On November 11, 2020, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of retail operations, asked for Amazon’s front-line employees, including warehouse workers and data center employees, and teams at Whole Foods Stores, to “receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the earliest appropriate time.”
- Amazon announced in a letter that it offers to “leverage its operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise” to support the U.S. COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts.
- Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer division, said that amazon a working agreement with a licensed third-party occupational health care provider to help in giving vaccines on-site at its facilities.
- In the letter, an executive officer in Amazon wrote that the company would offer its huge operations network and advanced technologies to help the Biden administration attain its goal to get 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations to U.S. citizens in its first 100 days in office.
- On January 21, 2021, in partnership with Virginia Mason Health System, Amazon launched “pop-up” inoculation locations in Seattle to support communities and advocate for vaccinations for its front-line employees. It managed to vaccinate 2400 people on January 24 and 4,600 people on January 31, 2021.
- Amazon employees are volunteering to assist with COVID-19 vaccine distribution. On February 3, 2021, Amazon, through the Amazon Fulfillment Center team in Tucson, Arizona, launched a four-week volunteer commitment to support the community distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona.
- On February 11, 2021, Amazon joined the efforts to encourage businesses to educate their employees about the significance of the COVID-19 vaccine. Steve Hartell, Amazon’s Vice President of Public Policy, participated in a virtual meeting to discuss the important role of workers in U.S. vaccination efforts. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the advocator of such efforts, hosted the meeting.
- Amazon has offered to administer COVID-19 vaccinates to its employees on-site. Unlike some other companies, Amazon has not announced any financial incentives, paid time off, or gifts for employees who take the COVID-19 vaccine.