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US-based application maker Whirlpool is offering employees $1,000( 73,541) cash bonuses to get vaccinated, increasing its existing incentive as Covid-19 cases continue to climb nationwide.

Whirlpool previously offered its 27,000 U.S. workers $200 cash bonuses in May to get the shot. The fivefold increase was announced as vaccination rates lag in Michigan, with only 51% of the population fully inoculated. 

A Whirlpool spokesperson confirmed the $1,000 incentive to Bloomberg News on Monday. The company announced the expanded cash bonus to employees last week, the New York Times reported earlier.

Whirlpool joins other large companies, such as Devon Energy Corp. and Bolthouse Farms, in offering hefty cash incentives. Those two companies are each giving employees $500 to get vaccinated, half of Whirlpool’s bonus. 

Like many other employers, Whirlpool is opting to persuade employees to get the shot through bonuses, instead of enacting mandates. That may change as businesses gain clarity on the Biden administration’s plan to direct private employers with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or testing.

 

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