The American multinational corporation and technology company, Intel, has announced to pay all its employees across the world an incentive of $250 for getting vaccinated and overcoming vaccine hesitancy.
In an email sent to all Intel employees, the company CEO has stated that all employees getting vaccinated before December will be rewarded with the incentive of about Rs 18,500.
There are currently five active Intel branches in India, with four sites in Bengaluru and one in Hyderabad. Indian employees of Intel form a major fraction of over 1 lakh Intel employees across the globe.
Intel to Offer Vaccine Incentives to Employees
The Chief Executive Officer of Intel, Patrick Gelsinger, in an email to all its employees wrote, “While Intel does not currently require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination, we commend those of you who have already gotten vaccinated and want to encourage others to do so. Subject to local law, we will offer the following to thank those of you that are vaccinated before the end of the year.”
Gelsinger has stated that it will provide an incentive of $250 in cash, adjusted based upon geographies, to employees who get vaccinated before December 2021.
The company is also offering $100 (geo-adjusted) amount in food vouchers for its hourly employees, according to Gelsinger’s mail, reported HT.
Intel is taking this step to encourage employees to get vaccinated and overcome the mindset of vaccine hesitancy.
This means those who are vaccinated can avail this incentive benefit.
Intel allows its employees to take up to four hours of paid time off for each vaccination appointment, said a spokesperson for the company. Intel will extend the incentive expiration date for employees in countries that don’t have vaccines available yet.
Gelsinger also stated that the ones vaccinated (employees) will be able to resume “business travel and attendance at external events and conferences on behalf on Intel”, starting October 1.
However, all travel and events remain subject to manager approval and must also meet Intel’s COVID travel requirements as well as any local restrictions, though there may be “business-critical circumstances,” commented an Intel spokesperson.