For Marriott staff, it pays to get the Covid vaccine

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Marriott's vaccination incentive is part of the company's new Vaccination Care Program, which includes educational support and schedule flexibility when booking appointments. Photo Credit: hedgehog94/Shutterstock.com

Marriott International is providing a financial incentive for employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine, awarding U.S. and Canadian associates at its managed properties the equivalent of four hours of pay upon completing vaccination.

The effort is part of Marriott's new Vaccination Care Program, under which the company is also providing educational resources on vaccinations and providing schedule flexibility for the booking of vaccination appointments.

• Related: CDC says hotel workers should be prioritized for the vaccine

Although Marriott said in a statement that it "is strongly encouraging associates get vaccinated," vaccination is not being mandated.

"Our goal for the Vaccination Care Program is to remove potential obstacles to getting vaccinated so our associates can put their health first and have peace of mind," said David Rodriguez, Marriott International's global chief human resources officer. "As vaccines become more widely available, this will create a safer environment for all associates, and we believe that consumer confidence to travel again will increase significantly and help the rebound of the travel and tourism sector."

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