Can we talk about my favorite grocery store?  My wife and I shop at Kroger in Okemos every Sunday at around 11 a.m.  We love their service, friendly staff, and excellent choice of grocery items.

And now, according to, Kroger has joined a growing list of large US grocery store chains offering incentives for workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The company announced that its associates would get a one time $100 payment if they show proof that they've received the full manufacturer recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.  (

Workers that can't get the vaccine for health or religious reasons can get the payment if they take an educational health and safety course.

According to a company news release, we know that the most effective defense against this pandemic comes in the form of the COVD-19 vaccine and the continuation of the rigorous safety precautions we've established across our stores, manufacturing facilities and supply chain.

Dr. Marc Watkins, Kroger's chief medical officer said we are strongly encouraging all customers and associates to receive the vaccine to curb the spread of COVID-19, and we'll do all we can to ensure they have access as soon as it's available.  (

The company said it would also spend an additional $50 million to thank and reward its associates, including a $100 store credit and 1,000 fuel points to its hourly front line grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates.

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