Health departments encourage incentives for vaccinations

Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 6:59 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Many places have started to offer incentives both to customers and employee who get a COVID-19 vaccination and local health departments said they think it’s a great idea.

Some employers offer financial incentives or bonuses, then there’s also places like HyVee that hand out gift cards when you get a shot.

Over at the Central District Health Department, Director Teresa Anderson said it’s a great way to give people a little extra push in what she said is the right direction.

“For some people, just the idea of being protected against COVID is enough, but for others they just need a little bit extra incentive to get the vaccine so we’re not opposed to providing those incentives to people,” she said.

Anderson also said CDHD is working set up their own clinics with incentives.

They are partnering with Grand Island Public Schools to set up at Lincoln Elementary School on June 12 and July 10. They will also be at Walnut Middle School on June 10 and July 24. All four clinics will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“We just keep trying different angles trying to help people just break down any type of resistance they have to getting a shot so that we can get kids immunized,” Anderson said. “We’re really working hard to get as many immunized before school starts.”

If students get their shots now, they will be long fully vaccinated by the first day of school.

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