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Anderson Schools Paying Employees To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

By Stephanie Wiechmann, IPB News | Published on in Education, Health, Local News
(Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)

Anderson Community Schools will be giving school employees a cash incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In an agreement with the local Anderson Federation of Teachers, any employee who gets vaccinated through the middle of September will receive a $150 reimbursement. The money comes from federal COVID-19 funds available to ACS.

District attorney Charles Rubright says the reimbursements are to reward employees making a healthy choice.

“That is just a token amount and we hope that it comes as a symbol of saying ‘thank you’ to our employees who choose to do that.”

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ACS is not requiring the vaccine for employees. AFT president Randy Harrison says educators are dedicated to their jobs, but they are also humans who need to make their own decisions.