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'They're family': Columbus hot dog joint giving workers PTO to get vaccinated, recharge

Employees are not required to get the vaccine. The co-owners want to make sure they have the time to do so, if they choose.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Columbus hot dog joint is closing for two weeks to do something pretty unique for its employees.

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace on South 4th street is paying its workers for two weeks to take time to get vaccinated for COVID-19, if they so choose, and get recharged.

Employees are not required to get the COVID vaccine, however the owner wanted to give workers this time in order to get vaccinated without having to worry about paying the bills.

“We would not be here without them. They have been here day in and day out, they’ve picked up shifts when needed. They come in in a great mood and they stay in a great mood throughout their whole shift and they’re exhausted. We thought this would be a great time to hit pause,” said Miriam Ailabouni, the co-owner of Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace. “They’re family.”

The restaurant is also using this time to address staffing needs, as they are also in need of workers – a trend seen across Central Ohio.

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