Kroger Co. /zigman2/quotes/206215053/composite KR +1.92% said Thursday that it will increase its COVID-19 vaccine capabilities to one million doses per week through its pharmacies and clinics, as well as vaccination sites. The first hour of its pharmacy operation will be dedicated to vaccine administration. This "focus hour" will launch in Ohio and expand to other states as vaccine supply allows. Kroger is also planning 100 mass vaccination events nationwide, starting with partnerships in Kentucky and Ohio. Kroger is offering a $100 one-time payment to its own employees to get the vaccine, and will continue to require masks in Texas and Mississippi where their respective governors have lifted mandates. Kroger shares have gained 15.2% over the past year while the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.99% has rallied 42.2% for the period.