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Maryland offering state employees $100 to get COVID-19 vaccine

Photo credit: Wicomico County Health Department

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Maryland is offering a $100 incentive to state employees who receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“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,” said Governor Hogan. “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.”

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To recieve the payment, state employees must provide their Human Resources department with proof of vaccination and must agree to receive any CDC recommenced booster vaccinations within 18 months of  receiving vaccine. 

The $100 is retroactive, so state employees who have already been fully vaccinated can still participate in the program. 

State officials say, those who refuse future recommended booster vaccinations after receiving the incentive will be required to repay the state for failure to honor the agreement. 

As of Monday morning, Maryland health officials report more than 4.9 million vaccines have been administered.

The Centers for Disease Control says, 62% of Marylanders 18 and older, and 84.8% of Marylanders 65 and older, have received a COVID-19 vaccine.