Wells Fargo & Co. have informed employees they qualify for up to eight hours of additional paid time off if coordinated with getting a COVID-19 vaccination.
Employees were informed of the new policy Thursday, which goes into effect Monday.
Employees may schedule up to four hours for each appointment, with a maximum of two appointments if they are being vaccinated with the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
For those who get the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, they would get four hours of paid time off.
“By offering this vaccine time-away program, we hope to make it as easy as possible for you to get vaccinated,” said David Galloreese, the bank’s head of human resources.
The bank said that in some states, financial services employees working with customers or in an office are considered an essential frontline worker, and therefore given priority access to vaccines.
In North Carolina, customer-facing employees are considered as essential frontline workers in Group Four.
A subgroup of Group Four — adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness, including individuals experiencing homelessness — will become eligible for vaccination in March 24.
According to N.C. Department of Health and Human Services guidance issued Thursday, other essential frontline workers listed in the Group Four category won’t be eligible on March 24.
Those include: transportation and logistics; water and wastewater; food service; shelter and housing (such as construction); finance (such as bank tellers); information technology and communications; energy; legal; media; public safety (such as engineers); and public health workers.
Wells Fargo also is expanding COVID-19 testing options for employees, also effective Monday.
The bank is providing the ability to obtain a free, voluntary COVID-19 test for U.S. employees working in an office setting.
“At 25 of our largest locations, you will have the ability to secure a test on-site with a registered nurse if you are currently reporting to work at that site,” Galloreese said.
“For all other employees currently reporting to work in other Wells Fargo facilities, including our branch network, you can request on-demand tests and self-administer at home.”