Amazon Offers to Help President Biden With Covid-19 Vaccinations

In return, Amazon wants its essential employees to receive the vaccine 'at the earliest appropriate time.'

By Stephanie Mlot

Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post/Getty Images via PC Mag

This story originally appeared on PCMag

Amazon wants access to Covid-19 vaccinations for essential employees, and in return is willing to lend a hand with the nationwide rollout.

On the day of Joe Biden's inauguration, Amazon's CEO of worldwide consumer business, Dave Clark, sent a letter to the new president requesting that people working at fulfillment centers, AWS data centers, and Whole Foods Market stores receive the jab "at the earliest appropriate time."

"As the nation's second-largest employer, Amazon has over 800,000 employees in the United States, most of whom are essential workers who cannot work from home," Clark explained. "We are proud of the role our employees have played to help customers stay safe and receive important products and services at home."

And as a reward for that service, Amazon believes its personnel deserves a spot at the front of the vaccination line. The company already inked a deal with "a licensed third-party occupational health care provider" to administer on-site injections as soon as they're available. Amazon is even prepared to assist in the effort, offering access to "operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise" to reinforce President Biden's goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of his administration. The White House did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

"Since the beginning of this crisis, we have worked hard to keep our workers safe," Clark wrote. "We are committed to assisting your administration's vaccination efforts as we work together to protect our employees and continue to provide essential services during the pandemic."

Related: Washington State Recruits Starbucks to Help With Its Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

Amazon last spring announced a $4 billion plan to buy personal protective equipment, pay for cleaning company facilities, raise wages for workers and fund an in-house Covid-19 testing process to screen employees for the virus. Still, as of mid-September, nearly 20,000 U.S. Amazon frontline workers (those in company warehouses and Whole Foods shops) have caught the virus — representing 1.4% of the firm's total 1.37 million employees. That prompted protests from Amazon workers who said the company failed to do enough to protect them from novel coronavirus.

Amazon in December promised more than $500 million in one-time "thank you" bonuses to workers most exposed to the pandemic. "We couldn't be prouder of, or more thankful for, our teams around the world," Clark's predecessor Jeff Wilke wrote in a year-end blog post.

Stephanie Mlot

Reporter at PCMag

Stephanie began as a PCMag reporter in May 2012. She moved to New York City from Frederick, Md., where she worked for four years as a multimedia reporter at the second-largest daily newspaper in Maryland. She interned at Baltimore magazine and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in the town of Indiana, in the state of Pennsylvania) with a degree in journalism and mass communications.

Related Topics

Editor's Pick

Everyone Wants to Get Close to Their Favorite Artist. Here's the Technology Making It a Reality — But Better.
The Highest-Paid, Highest-Profile People in Every Field Know This Communication Strategy
After Early Rejection From Publishers, This Author Self-Published Her Book and Sold More Than 500,000 Copies. Here's How She Did It.
Having Trouble Speaking Up in Meetings? Try This Strategy.
He Names Brands for Amazon, Meta and Forever 21, and Says This Is the Big Blank Space in the Naming Game
Business News

These Are the Most and Least Affordable Places to Retire in The U.S.

The Northeast and West Coast are the least affordable, while areas in the Mountain State region tend to be ideal for retirees on a budget.


8 Things I Discovered While Working With Affluent Clients in New York City

After a decade working with the 1%, I learned that they have common traits.


6 Secret Tools for Flying First Class (Without Paying Full Price)

It's time to reimagine upgrading. Here's how to fly first class on every flight, business or personal.

Thought Leaders

The Collapse of Credit Suisse: A Cautionary Tale of Resistance to Hybrid Work

This cautionary tale serves as a reminder for business leaders to adapt to the changing world of work and prioritize their workforce's needs and preferences.

Business News

I Live on a Cruise Ship for Half of the Year. Look Inside My 336-Square-Foot Cabin with Wraparound Balcony.

I live on a cruise ship with my husband, who works on it, for six months out of the year. Life at "home" can be tight. Here's what it's really like living on a cruise ship.

Business Solutions

This Comprehensive Microsoft Excel Course Can Turn You into a Whiz for $10

Master Microsoft Excel for less than the cost of your lunch with this top-rated course.