Mar 25, 2021 - Health

Amazon to vaccinate frontline workers in fulfillment centers

exterior of an Amazon fulfillment center with logo and sign of company

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Amazon plans to start vaccinating frontline employees in the next few weeks, starting with fulfillment centers in Missouri, Nevada and Kansas.

Why it matters: Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods employed more than 1.3 million frontline workers in the U.S. between March and September last year. About 1.4% of those employees, more than 19,800, tested or were presumed positive, as of October 2020. 

Details: Amazon said Thursday it “will expand the program across the country as more vaccines become available to front-line employees in other states.”

  • Workers who can't access an Amazon vaccination site will receive up to $80 in reimbursement for an off-site shot, as previously announced in February.

But don't forget, workers have criticized Amazon throughout the pandemic for inadequately protecting them against the coronavirus.

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