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New York (CNN Business)Dollar General wants its employees to get Covid-19 vaccines, so it's offering to pay them to do it.

The chain said Wednesday that it will give its workers a one-time payment equivalent to four hours of pay after receiving a completed vaccination. "We do not want our employees to have to choose between receiving a vaccine or coming to work," Dollar General (DG) said in a press release, noting that its hourly workers face hurdles to getting vaccinated, such as travel time, gas mileage or childcare needs.
The company, which had 157,000 employees as of Oct. 30, called getting a vaccine a "personal decision" and said it wouldn't require it. Its announcement comes as the vaccine rollout is off to a slow start in the United States. More than 27.6 million vaccine doses have so far been distributed, according to CDC data, and more than 9.3 million people have received their first dose. Federal officials had said 20 million people would have received first doses by the end of December.Read MoreDollar General was deemed an essential retailer and has remained open throughout the pandemic. Most states are still only vaccinating health care workers and residents and staff in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, according to Kaiser. Essential workers, such as retail and grocery store workers, are set to be vaccinated in later phases of the rollout, but their eligibility to receive the vaccine varies by states.Dollar General isn't the only employer to offer financial incentives to workers to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Houston Methodist, a Texas hospital system with more than 26,000 employees, will also offer a $500 bonus to workers if they get vaccinated.CNN's Christina Maxouris contributed to this article.

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Prominent Miami City Commissioner Urges African Americans To Learn More About COVID Vaccine

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A prominent, African American City Commissioner is speaking out about the coronavirus vaccines, urging all residents to learn more about them and how to get them.

Commissioner Jeffrey Watson addressed some key issues less than 2 weeks after the City secured 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses for seniors and as it plans to expand vaccinationS at housing developments and other sites.

There are also significant concerns as studies show black Americans are getting the vaccines at dramatically lower rates than whites.

Watson told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench “The African American community has had experience with vaccines that has not been good. But this is a new day.”

“I was called last Friday and was told your numbers are down. Go knock on doors. It doesn’t matter how many doors you knock on if they are not trustful of the vaccine. They are not going to take it. The Tuskegee experiment and other incidents cause us to be distrustful of the vaccines. However, this is not a new virus. It is a different strain.”

“What we do know is that we were in a pandemic and we are trying to make sure that you are protected,” he said. “If some people want to talk to doctors, they should, in a hurry. Some people want to talk to their religious community, they should.”

Watson said, “There’s people overly anxious about the numbers. I want the infrastructure out in place to make sure people get vaccinated. If we put that in place the numbers will take care of themselves. We have the vaccine. Your audience should know we are doing the best we can to get people vaccinated.”

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said, “We are doing everything to ensure the most vulnerable are vaccinated.”

Outside the Tuscany Cove Apartments, Ira Walker told D’Oench she had been waiting for the chance to get vaccinated.

“I feel nice and I feel like everyone should get it,” she said. “What I would like to say is everyone should do the right thing and take it and it will save lives. Everyone needs to get it to get back to normal living. The virus affects everyone and if you get it you are going to save lives.”

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She urged everyone to put aside their mistrust.

“Where do you think this mistrust comes from?” She was asked.

“False information,” she said. “False information.”

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