By B.N. Frank
American opposition to COVID vaccine mandates is not going away. Side effects, injuries, and deaths continue to be blamed on the COVID jab. A significant number of vaccine recipients are also still getting the virus. Millions of COVID tests have been recalled due to inaccuracies. Experts have also insisted that the U.S. COVID death count is not being accurately reported.
Despite all of this, there is growing pressure for Americans adults and children to take the controversial jab. This has led to numerous lawsuits against mandates and other COVID vaccine related campaigns (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Instead of issuing a mandate, Kroger has announced the company will start penalizing employees who continue refusing to take it.
Kroger adds monthly surcharge for unvaccinated workers, cuts their COVID-19 sick leave
Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer – 11h ago
In a bid to push more of its workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Kroger will eliminate paid pandemic-related leave and charge $50 per month to employees that haven’t gotten shots.
Kroger stopped short of mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for workers, but said it is “modifying policies to encourage safe behaviors including vaccination.” Company officials added the grocer will also continue to offer a one-time $100 bonus to workers that get fully vaccinated.
The $50 surcharge goes into effect Jan. 1 and applies to salaried associates enrolled in a company health plan. The extra expense would cost an employee $600 per year.
Also starting Jan. 1, unvaccinated employees that get sick from COVID-19 will still be able to take their earned paid-time-off or be allowed to apply for unpaid leave but won’t get extra paid-time-off Kroger implemented since the start of the pandemic. Vaccinated employees that fall ill from COVID-19 can get up to two weeks of paid leave without using their regular time-off benefits.
“The administration of the vaccine to our associates has been an integral part of our efforts (to combat the pandemic) and continues to be a focus,” said Kroger spokeswoman Kristal Howard. “We have been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years and, in line with our values, the safety of our associates and customers has remained our top priority.”
In addition to Kroger stores, the grocer operates several regional supermarket chains in 35 states, including Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Ralphs, Mariano’s, Fry’s, Smith’s, King Soopers, QFC and others. The company has nearly 2,800 stores and employs 465,000 workers.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Kroger adds monthly surcharge for unvaccinated workers, cuts their COVID-19 sick leave
In other COVID news:
- Governors in Florida and Tennessee are offering to pay vaccine resistant law enforcement professionals to transfer to their states
- Members of the Amish community believe they obtained “herd immunity” the natural way last year
- Research has determined that some medications are successful at treating COVID infections and long-haul symptoms
- Research has determined that dietary choices and conditions can affect vulnerability to the virus
- American cities have started testing wastewater for the Omicron variant
- Some who regret taking the jab are reportedly using ineffective and sometimes unsafe methods to try to “reverse the injections”
Activist Post reports regularly about COVID-19. For more information, visit our archives.
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