Marriott International has launched its Vaccination Care Program, which will financially reward employees in the U.S. and Canada who receive vaccination against COVID-19. These workers will receive the equivalent of four hours of pay upon completion of the vaccination. To further encourage associates to get vaccinated, the company is also providing education on the benefits of vaccination and directing leaders to allow for schedule flexibility for vaccine appointments.
"The health and safety of our people is our top priority. 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, PhD, global chief human resources officer at Marriott International. "Marriott International is confident that vaccination is a key measure, along with mask wearing, social distancing and stepped-up cleanliness protocols and hygiene practices in minimizing the spread of COVID-19. 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. We appreciate the support from our managed hotel owners, and encourage the industry and our franchisees to offer flexibility and incentives to their associates as a vital step in our industry's recovery."