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Longview ISD board approves $1,000 vaccination incentive stipend

Employees fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 will receive a $1,000 stipend..
Employees fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 will receive a $1,000 stipend..(KLTV/Jeff Chavez)
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 9:43 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 10:46 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - In an effort to combat COVID-19 and protect its students, faculty, and staff, one of East Texas’s largest school districts is offering an incentive to get the vaccine.

Monday night, the Longview Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing a one-time vaccination incentive stipend of o$1,000 to all district employees.

COVID shots will be offered on school grounds and employees have until November 1 to get fully vaccinated to receive the stipend. Employees that have already been vaccinated will receive the funds as well. Longview ISD has over one thousand employees.

“Of course, participation is totally voluntary,” he said. “That said, we do want to offer this incentive for any employees who are currently vaccinated or planning to be so in the very near future. If someone is on the fence about it, perhaps this might help encourage them to do so,” Wilcox said.

The money comes from E.S.S.R. funds, which is a state-to-district COVID-related program.

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