Encinitas city workers get cash incentive for COVID-19 vaccine
The City of Encinitas and the San Dieguito Water District are offering a cash incentive for their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The "Wellness Incentive" is $2,500 for front line workers, and $2,000 for other employees.
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Encinitas mayor, Catherine Blakespear, said this incentive is not only to get people vaccinated, but also to recognize the staff's hard work over the pandemic.
“We had to keep our essential workers working in order to have our work force function as a city. We recognize the value of that work. We also want our public employees to be protecting the public's health so we want our employees to be vaccinated," said Blakespear.
Employees must submit proof of vaccination by Oct. 7th to be eligible for the wellness incentive.
It will be paid as lump sum direct deposits.
The city's agenda report stated The "Wellness Incentive" will be funded by salary savings and recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. (ARPA). The costs for the City of Encinitas is $335,000 and for San Dieguito Water District is $48,500.