GASTONIA, N.C. — Gaston County employees will get $250 if they get vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 15. Additionally, if more than 75 percent of employees are vaccinated by October 15, those vaccinated will receive an additional $250.
According to a news release, increasing vaccination rates among staff will help keep public safety, public health, social services, and critical infrastructure operational during the significant uptick in COVID cases. Gaston County Commissioners approved the incentive plan Tuesday night.
To date, COVID-19 has cost the county approximately $1.3 million in COVID sick time as well as for medical treatment, screening and testing for employees.
“The longer we go with a significant percentage of our employees not vaccinated, the greater risk we put ourselves in operationally,” Gaaron County Manager Dr. Kim Eagle said.