CEO Thurmond proposes $500 DeKalb employee ‘Twindemic’ vaccination incentive

FILE PHOTO: DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond briefs the press at Wesley Chapel Square shopping center in greater Decatur July 25, 2020 to announce DeKalb police, fire and code enforcement personnel would begin distribution of 20,000 masks and “No Mask, No Service” signage to small businesses throughout the county as part of its ongoing “Stop the Spread” campaign. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA —DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has proposed to the Board of Commissioners a $500 DeKalb Employee Vaccinations incentive, a press release said.

“These $500 in incentives would help promote a healthier, safer county workforce as we face the looming possibility of a COVID-19 and flu ‘twindemic,’” CEO Thurmond said.

CEO Thurmond proposed a $300 incentive for county employees who provide documentation by Jan. 31, 2022, that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Additionally, CEO Thurmond proposed a $200 incentive for employees who provide documentation that they have received the Fall 2021 flu vaccination.

DeKalb County has approximately 6,000 employees.

If approved by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, the proposed $500 in COVID-19 and flu vaccinations incentives would be paid for with approximately $1.9 million in American Rescue Plan funds and $1.3 million in the county’s annual operating budget.

The voluntary incentive program will provide financial incentives to employees who provide proof of vaccination via a secure web page.

Since June 2021, DeKalb County has given $100 prepaid debit cards to 5,000 eligible residents who received COVID-19 vaccinations during county-sponsored events.

As of Nov. 8, approximately 53 percent of eligible DeKalb County residents are fully vaccinated. In DeKalb, 44.4 percent of African-Americans have received at least one dose, while 57.7 percent of Whites and 73.8 percent of Asians have received at least one dose. Approximately 46.2 percent of Hispanics have received at least one dose.

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