Those who cannot receive the vaccine because of medical or religious reasons can complete a health and safety course to receive the $100 payment, Kroger said.

It also promised a $100 store credit and 1,000 fuel points to frontline grocery, supply chain, call center, manufacturing and pharmacy hourly workers.

“As we move into a new phase of the pandemic, we’re increasing our investment to not only recognize our associates’ contributions, but also encourage them to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available to them to optimize their well-being as well as the community’s,” Kroger’s people officer Tim Massa said.