PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Amtrak is joining companies such as Trader Joe’s and Dollar General in offering a good reason for workers to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
The pandemic has been devastating and Amtrak's business is down systemwide. On the Northeast Corridor, business has dropped 80%, according to executive vice president and chief safety officer Steve Predmore.
He said the company sees the COVID-19 vaccine as essential.
"We believe this is the best way forward to protect individuals and the folks they live with, for protecting our customers and getting our customers back on the trains and returning business back to normal,” he said.
So Amtrak is offering to pay workers to get the shot.
"We're providing for all employees up to two hours of straight time pay for each dose of the vaccine, so if it's two doses of vaccine that would be four hours,” Predmore explained.
He also said if there are any side effects or medical treatments that are a result of the vaccine, the company will pay and cover those costs.
The goal, he said, is to get every worker vaccinated.