Cash now being offered to Kentucky public school employees to get vaccinated

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 10:10 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Public school employees in Kentucky can now receive $100 for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

All public school districts that offer the incentive will be reimbursed by the Kentucky Department of Education.

“Getting people vaccinated is one of the main ways we’re going to be able to get out of this pandemic and get back into our classrooms as usual,” said Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “We hope this will encourage people to get vaccinated in order to protect their students, colleagues and themselves.”

The money is available to any full and part-time school employee who has already received the vaccine. Anyone who isn’t vaccinated has until December 1 to qualify for the bonus.

Glass encouraged school districts to match the incentive funds for employees. So, a $100 reward could turn into $200. There will be enough funding to reimburse districts for approximately 88,000 local school district staff.

The education department is using up to $8.8 million in relief funding to provide districts with the reimbursement.

Glass said it’s possible that a student incentive program could be implemented in the future, but there is currently not enough funding to support it. He noted, however, that individual districts could create incentives for their own students if they chose to do so.

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