UPDATED: Coweta County Employees Get $400 Incentive; Coweta residents offered $200 in Gift Cards with Vaccine Incentive Program
From Cathy Wickey, Coweta County communications manager:
“Like other organizations, Coweta County Government is offering an Employee Vaccine Incentive Program that launched at the end of August.
“In an effort to encourage vaccination and keep our workforce healthy, Coweta County is offering up to $400 ($200 Visa gift cards per shot) in incentives to all employees and elected officials from the county for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. This program is being funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and is retroactive. The employees must receive their first shot by Sept. 15 and their second shot by Nov. 1.
“In terms of the increased value, there are a few specific reasons for this. First, it’s critical that we take steps to protect our employees in order to continue serving the community during the pandemic – just a few employees with symptoms or a positive test could impact daily operations which would reduce our level of service.
Secondly, the County’s health insurance benefits are self-funded. Therefore, aside from employee deductibles, all pharmacy and medical claims are funded by taxpayer money. By incentivizing the covered employees to become vaccinated, these individuals will very likely not become severely ill or hospitalized, therefore saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on insurance claims.”
Citizens will receive $100 gift card per shot; two $100 gift cards for single-dose vaccines
From Special Reports
Beginning Monday, September 13, Coweta County is partnering with local pharmacies on a COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program for citizens.
All Coweta County residents ages 12 years and older will receive a $100 gift card vaccine incentive for each shot received (two $100 gift cards for single dose vaccines). The Board of Commissioners has initially allocated $200,000 of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for this program.
Current partners include Lee Goodrum Pharmacy, Lee King Pharmacy, Thompson’s Pharmacy and the Department of Public Health (DPH). As this list continues to grow, we will update accordingly. Any pharmacy located in Coweta County that would like to enroll as a partner in the program may contact County Administrator Michael Fouts at [email protected].
Please note, this is just for citizens receiving the shot moving forward and will not be retroactive.