OKLAHOMA CITY- Love's Travel Stops announced Thursday it will pay employees as motivation to get their COVID-19 vaccination.
The incentive, a $75 bonus, will be paid to employees who receive the vaccine. Love's said the decision covers all of its employees, including those with Love’s Truck Care and Speedco centers, alternative fuel provider Trillium, its commodity trading company Musket, the Gemini trucking fleet, its hotels and more.
Pushing this kind of incentive could improve vaccination rates while reducing the risk that employees get sick and can't work. In Oklahoma, just two-thirds of people are willing to take the vaccine, according to a survey of Facebook users by Carnegie Mellon University.
"A big element of our culture is taking care of our team members so we're always thinking of new ways to do that," said Shane Wharton, president of the Oklahoma City-based chain of travel stops. "As an essential business, our employees have worked tirelessly to keep America moving, and the vaccine, along with following safety protocols, offers the best protection from COVID-19. The incentive is another way of encouraging our employees to stay safe during the pandemic."