Rand 199 billion IT company urges staff to get vaccinated with chance to earn a full year’s salary


Leidos Inc. is offering a year’s salary to 10 random employees to encourage more workers to get vaccinated.

  • Leidos splits $ 1 million (Rand 14 million) among 10 random employees to get them to get the shot.
  • Each selected employee will receive enough money for the equivalent of one year’s salary.
  • The United States is just below the 50% vaccination mark, with 47.9% of Americans fully vaccinated,
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Leidos, a major government IT entrepreneur, joins the vaccination campaign.

The Virginia-based $ 14 billion (Rand 199 billion) company plans to distribute $ 1 million (Rand 14 million) among 10 random employees out of the company’s 40,000 global workers as an incentive to do so. vaccinate, The Washington Post reported.

Each selected employee will receive enough money for the equivalent of one year’s salary. Managers are not eligible.

“At the end of the day, in times of crisis, what people want is to ensure the safety, health and safety of their families,” CEO Roger Krone told the Washington Post. “I can’t wait to celebrate our first winners.”

New York, Maryland, Kentucky, and Ohio all offered cash prizes for fully immunized Americans. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a free scratch lottery ticket valued at $ 20 (R 280) for a chance to win $ 5 million (R 71 million).

US President Joe Biden intended to have 70% of Americans vaccinated before July 4, but this goal was not achieved. 331 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered, but only 147 million Americans are fully vaccinated. Bring the United States to just below the 50% immunization mark, with 47.9% of Americans being fully immunized.

“Our business, like the country as a whole, has seen a slight slowdown in the number of people actually receiving the vaccine,” Krone told The Post. “We see a huge need to gently push people who are on the fence and give them one more reason to do so.”

Leidos did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Many economists agree in saying: lotteries may be the necessary encouragement to vaccinate the recalcitrant.

Employers can legally require employees to be vaccinated before returning to work, Insider previously reported. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers have the right to prohibit employees who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 from returning to the workplace.

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