Serving each other, our guests and our communities — Target team members have done it all throughout the pandemic. And every step of the way, Target has taken care of team members too. Now, as the coronavirus vaccine becomes more available to frontline and essential workers, Target’s focused on helping our team members get the information and access they need — and removing barriers along the way. That’s why we’re providing up to four hours of pay (two hours for each vaccine dose) to our hourly team members when they get their vaccines. We’ll also provide all U.S. team members with free Lyft rides (up to $15 each way) to get to and from their appointments if they need it. All of this on top of our work to ensure the vaccines remain free and easy for all team members — even though we don’t plan to require it for them to come to work.
“Taking care of our team has been at the heart of every decision we’ve made since the coronavirus started, and this point in the pandemic is no different,” says Chief Human Resources Officer Melissa Kremer. “As more vaccines become available, especially for frontline and essential workers, we’ll help our team members across the country get the information and access they need. As we have for the past year, we’ll continue to invest in our team’s pay and benefits so they can take care of themselves, each other and our guests.”
How we’re navigating the process for our team…
The vaccine is just starting to roll out, availability remains limited and eligibility in the U.S. varies by each state — so Target’s encouraging team members (and guests) to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for the latest information. We’re encouraging team members, once they’re eligible, to get the vaccine where and how they can — whether that’s through their local pharmacy, clinic, healthcare provider or a state or city-run event. And, we’re also working with our longstanding partner CVS which has more than 1,700 locations in Target stores nationwide. Once states determine final timing and prioritization for frontline and essential workers and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allocates vaccines for the public, CVS will evaluate these locations for offering the vaccine to our team members and guests in the future.
… through community support and vaccine education …
As a strong supporter of the vaccine, Target is also contributing to education and local community partnerships. That includes a donation to the Ad Council to support their efforts to help educate the public and increase confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, with a special focus on reaching communities of color hit particularly hard by the pandemic.
… and continued assistance for team members and their families
Removing the barriers to vaccination is just one way Target is supporting team members during the pandemic. Last month, frontline team members received their fifth bonus, on top of our move to an industry-leading $15 starting wage, extending coronavirus benefits and taking steps to ensure Target remains a clean, safe place for team members and guests.
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