Thuringia has been registering the least vaccination against coronavirus for months. So far, 61 percent of citizens in the state have been vaccinated. Entrepreneur Udo Böttcher has decided to remedy this: “I am offering my employees 5,000 euros for vaccination!”
German entrepreneur offers 5000 euros for vaccination
Böttcher is the head of the online mail order company Böttcher AG from Jena, one of the largest e-commerce companies in Germany (turnover: 500 million euros). Now the man wants to make his own contribution to the fight against the pandemic.
The entrepreneur explains that “above all it is an investment in the health of our employees. A high vaccination rate increases the protection of the individual. At the same time, the risk of absence due to illness or quarantine is minimized. Böttcher emphasizes, however, that the decision to vaccinate remains the responsibility of each individual.
2.7 million Euro bonus if all employees vaccinate
Each of the 550 employees who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated by January will receive a bonus. According to Böttcher, this is an appropriate instrument, in addition to education, to inform themselves and consider vaccination. “We are happy for everyone who eventually decides to vaccinate.
If all employees take part in the action, the Jena-based company will pay more than 2.7 million euros. Board member Danilo Frasiak: “Of course, this is the amount that matters. However, it is a value that can be calculated. But if we lose a large part of our workforce, the risk is much higher.”
The past few months have been stressful for everyone, especially those who have had to compensate for absences. Frasiak: “We want to avoid that situation.
Will the Jena model become a model for others?
Frasiak: “People need encouragement. That it works was also observed in the case of the vaccination campaign for Bratwurst.”