Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Starkey Hearing Technologies is making grand offer to get COVID-19 vaccine to US employees

Eden Prairie-based Starkey Hearing Technologies said on Monday it is offering a $1,000 one-time incentive to all US workers who receive a COVID-19 vaccine before September 30, including those who already have an infectious disease. have been vaccinated against.

Privately held, the global hearing technology company employs approximately 1,300 people locally and another 300 throughout the US. The company is perhaps best known for its foundation that provides hearing aids worldwide.

Starkey President and CEO Brandon Savalich and owner and chairman Bill Austin came up with vaccination incentives over the weekend in an effort to promote a safe return to work for Starkey employees and their families, according to a company statement.

“Individual collaboration is the fuel that drives our innovation,” Sawalich said in the statement. “The well being of our team and their families is paramount. We want to do our bit for the community.”

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According to a company spokesperson, employees have returned to Eden Prairie headquarters, working in a hybrid-model, regardless of vaccination status. Workable spaces have been increased by about 20 percent, and employees are required to wear masks in common areas.

The company is offering its Eden Prairie employees the COVID-19 vaccine at its on-site wellness clinic.

On July 29, Governor Tim Walz announced that the state would pay $100 to anyone who got their first shot by August 15. The stimulus is part of a program launched by President Joe Biden’s administration and uses federal dollars from the latest coronavirus response bill.

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