One of the worlds largest technology company Intel which is based out of the United States of America on Wednesday announced that in order to encourage more and more of its employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19 it will offer them an incentive of $250. Apparently, the incentive is for all its employees in all its offices throughout the world, including Indian employees.
It is being done by Intel to overcome Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and increase protection against the deadly virus that continues to mutate in various geographies, infecting millions and claiming hundreds of thousands of lives.
(Intel Inc. CEO Pat Gelsinger in the middle)
The company will also offer a $100 food coupon to employees who work on an hourly basis. This incentive is also available to those who have been already inoculated with the vaccine of this deadly virus.
Pat Gelsinger, the chief executive officer of Intel Corporation, said in the mail which was sent to 110,000 employees of Intel all over the world that, “While Intel does not currently require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination, we commend those of you who have already gotten vaccinated and want to encourage others to do so. Subject to local law, we will offer the following to thank those of you that are vaccinated before the end of the year.”
As of now, Intel in India has 5 office campuses, 4 of which are in Bengaluru often called the Silicon Valley and the start-up hub of India and a solitary office in Hyderabad. All the 5 offices account for around 7,000 employees out of the global 110,000.
In the email, Gelsinger said, “I’m a data guy and the data shows that vaccination is a critical element in ending this pandemic,” adding that, “the risk of infection among vaccinated individuals is reduced about three-fold, and the risk of severe disease or death is reduced by ten-fold or greater.”
A spokesperson of Intel has informed that the company offers up to four hours of paid time off for each vaccination appointment to its employees to take. Intel will extend the incentive expiration date for employees in countries that don’t have vaccines available yet.