As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2021, there's a light at the end of what's been a dark and deadly tunnel: The COVID-19 vaccine. While many will opt to skip the vaccine, others are patiently waiting their turn to receive the first of two doses. To incentivize its employees to get the vaccine, one major retailer is offering its employees a chance to make a little extra money.

Dollar General employees can receive the equivalent of 4 hours of standard pay (half a standard shift) to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The company, which has 12 locations in and around the Cedar Valley, will not be mandating any employee to get vaccinated. But its hoping by offering half a days pay, that more employees will choose to get the vaccine when they are eligible.

The company laid out all the details in a press release explaining that while they will not be able to vaccinate on site as they have no pharmacies,

We do not want our employees to have to choose between receiving a vaccine or coming to work, so we are working to remove barriers.

Meanwhile here in Iowa on Wednesday, The Iowa Department of Public Health reported an additional 10 COVID-19 related deaths. There were also an additional 1,845 Iowans that tested positive for the virus.

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