GCPS.jpg (copy) (copy) (copy) (copy) (copy)

In light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Gwinnett County Public Schools is offering a one-time, $500 vaccination incentive to eligible staff members, district officials said Thursday.

In light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Gwinnett County Public Schools is offering a one-time vaccination incentive to eligible staff members, district officials said Thursday.

The $500 incentive would go to “eligible staff members who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.” District officials aid the incentive will be retroactive and available to eligible employees —including those who were vaccinated in spring and summer — as well as those who plan to get vaccinated “moving forward.”

(9) comments

MissDaisy

No, not all vaccines are FDA approved, yet. I have had the vaccine as well as have had COVID. I still know there are different views on taking it or not, and vacillate on the issue. The vaccines never were promoted to absolutely keep us from getting COVID but to lessen the severity and chances of death. However, that was not the point, it was the using taxpayer dollars to pay for a shot that someone should decide to get on their own.

Stranger

Marvin - you again have it confused. A vaccine passport is a bad thing, but a school isn't the same. No, I don't believe a vaccine passport is a good thing for a restaurant to do. If I had Covid recently, I have more antibodies and by science don't need to vaccine right now.

Daisy - the vaccines have been fully approved now and are not just 'emergency' use.

MarvinGardens

Sounds like you do support vaccine passports for schools. Good, I'll take it. But until we can do that, I support the financial incentives. Not doing that is pennywise and pound foolish. Insurance (public and private) and hospitals are spending far more dealing with covid in the unvaccinated right now.

MissDaisy

Is that taxpayer money?

MarvinGardens

I assume so. If so, I fully support it as a proper use of tax dollars, to make our schools safer for students and staff.

Stranger

Can't the get it for free? So you pay them to get something they can get for free to make our schools safer for students and staff? If you're going to pay them, just require it as a prerequisite to work instead (unless have a valid reason). Private companies can do it, gov't can do it (military, etc.). Problem solved. Marvin keeps spending, spending and spending. Let someone else pay for it later.

MarvinGardens

Stranger, I support your solution too, if they are allowed to mandate it. I assumed Kemp's rule against vaccine passports would block this.

MissDaisy

That is a different issue if vacations are safe and effective. We hear all the time about people coming down with COVID that have been vaccinated. If someone want to be vaccinated they can be vaccinated; if someone wants to wear a mask they can wear a mask.

MarvinGardens

Miss Daisy: The covid vaccines are safe and effective, actually more effective than expected when the clinical trials were being set up. As for safety, risking an infection without vaccination is far more hazardous. Pointing out that vaccines are not perfect as justification for not vaccinating, is like pointing out that seatbelt wearers sometimes die in car crashes. It's still a far better choice to wear seatbelts, and to get vaccinated.

Welcome to the discussion.

Please log in, or sign up for a new, free account to read or post comments.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.