Gwinnett school district to offer $500 vaccine incentive

A registered nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a free vaccination event held by the Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale County Health Department at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, on Aug. 18, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal Constitution)

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A registered nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a free vaccination event held by the Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale County Health Department at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, on Aug. 18, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Gwinnett County Public Schools is offering a one-time $500 incentive to eligible staff members who get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Employees who were vaccinated earlier this year are also eligible for the payments, according to a news release from the school district.

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The incentive is available to all full-time employees with benefits as well as contracted cafeteria staff and speech language pathologists.

Retirees who are working part-time for the school district will receive 49% of the incentive to reflect the hours they work. Substitute teachers are eligible of they work a minimum of 45 days this school year.

The school district is also partnering with the health department to host weekly vaccination clinics.

“As we are in the third school year impacted by the pandemic, now, more than ever, it is important for our children to be in school and learning in person,” Superintendent Calvin J. Watts said in the news release. “One way we can ensure that is through vaccination efforts.”