Maryland state employees will be offered a $100 financial incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.
As of Monday, Maryland has reported more than 4.9 million vaccinations.
All state employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible for the program.
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To receive the incentive, employees must provide their HR office with proof of vaccination and agree to receive all subsequent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended booster vaccinations within 18 months of being fully vaccinated.
The incentive is retroactive, so that all state employees who have already been fully vaccinated will also receive the $100 incentive payment.
"With this incentive program, we are further encouraging state employees to get vaccinated to help keep themselves, their families and their communities healthy and safe," Hogan said in a statement. "Incentives like this are another way to reinforce the importance of getting vaccinated, and we strongly encourage businesses across the state to consider offering incentives to their workers as well. These vaccines are safe and effective, they're free and they’re readily available with or without an appointment." Read more at WBAL