Dollar General has become the first major retailer to pay its employees to get the coronavirus vaccine. All of its 157,000 workers are being offered four hours’ pay to get the shot, the company announced yesterday (January 13th). Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos told The Wall Street Journal, “We felt the right thing to do was to break down these barriers to vaccination. We believe as the vaccine continues to gain momentum that we’ve got to get it to rural America.” Insider cited experts as saying that although employers could mandate that their workers get the vaccine in certain conditions, most will likely encourage getting it, rather than require it. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said workers can refuse the vaccine due to underlying medical conditions or religious beliefs. However, employers can separate them from their other workers.