Amazon has launched a new contest called ‘Max Your Vax’ that offers up to 18 prizes valued at almost $2 million to encourage its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The prizes in the contest include two $500,000 and six $100,000 cash prizes, five new vehicles, and five vacation packages. The lottery is open to all Amazon frontline employees, including warehouse workers, logistics workers, and hourly workers in Amazon Fresh groceries, Amazon Web Service data centers, and Whole Foods Market.

Zoom Out: During the pandemic, Amazon has treated employee vaccination as an incentive rather than a mandate. One theory suggests that this could be due to a fear of losing more employees. The company already has a high turnover rate and has faced criticism for above-average workplace injuries and overworked shifts.

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