Henderson offering new incentive for 1,000 citizens receiving COVID vaccine

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 10:16 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 7:21 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - The city of Henderson Board of Commissioners approved a financial incentive program for residents who receive their full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

City officials say up to 1,000 people who get vaccinated between Sep. 22 and Oct. 22 will receive a $100 gift card, paid for with funds from the American Rescue Plan.

In a press release, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners says they approved the plan to help increase the vaccination rate. On Thursday, city officials say the vaccination rate was at about 46.36%.

Officials say the incentive is available at T&T Drug Store, Midway Pharmacy and Health First Community Health Center.

T&T Drugs pharmacist Tori Marshall says the process is pretty simple.

“They just need to come, get their first and second vaccine, all they have to do is bring themselves and their insurance card, and once they get their second vaccine they will get the $100 from the city,” Marshall said.

The money comes from the city’s federal COVID-19 funding.

With infection rates increasing, but the vaccination rate staying the same, Henderson Mayor Steve Austin says it was time to try something new.

“Over 300 new cases in Henderson County over the last six days,” Austin said. “They’re admitting six to 10 people a day at our hospital. We’re running out of beds, we’re running out of nurses, we’re running out of services.”

“We need to have a higher percentage of vaccinated people to protect the elderly in our community, the immunocompromised, our children that are getting sicker now than at the beginning of the pandemic,” Marshall said.

Austin says they have 1,000 gift cards to give.

“A hope would be to get a thousand people over that month period to get their shots,” Austin said. “If it’s half that much, it’s still much better than we were.”

“Make the decision that’s right for you, but also think about others before thinking about yourself, and make that selfless decision of getting the vaccine,” Marshall said. “And of course, if you have questions or reservations, please call, talk to health care providers and see what they think.”

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