Grocer to Remove Benefits, Add Surcharge for Unvaccinated Employees

From the moment that the COVID-19 vaccines came to market, there have been fears that they could become mandatory, or worse, that they would be used to discriminate against those who choose to abstain.

And now, those fears are coming true at the hands of one of the nation’s most popular grocery stores.

Kroger, the country’s biggest traditional grocery chain, is ending some benefits for unvaccinated workers as big employers attempt to compel more of their workforce to become vaccinated with cases of COVID-19 again rising.

Unvaccinated workers will no longer be eligible to receive up to two weeks paid emergency leave if they become infected, a company spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. That policy was put into place last year when vaccines were unavailable.

And that’s not all:

The move, which appears to be the first of its kind in the private sector, drew a response from the Biden White House, who reiterated that his administration was not pressuring Kroger to enact this controversial new policy.