State Employees To Receive $100 COVID Vax Incentive

The State of Maryland will offer its employees a $100 bonus if they demonstrate they have received the COVID vaccine.

With much attention in the COVID vaccination effort turning from providing sufficient opportunity to persuading residents to accept the vaccine, the State of Maryland has announced its own incentive – a $100 bonus to state employees who get vaccinated.

From the Washington Post coverage:

To receive the payment, workers must provide proof of their vaccination to their human resource departments and agree to receive booster shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the next 18 months.

“We strongly encourage businesses across the state to consider offering incentives to their workers as well,” Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said in a statement.

The state has about 99,000 employees, about 52,000 of whom are eligible for the program, said Hogan spokesman Michael Ricci. Those employed by the University System of Maryland are not eligible, because the system has required them to be vaccinated.

The employees would also be obliged to maintain any recommended booster shots, according to the Governor’s press release.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties