Hall County is expected to extend its incentive program to encourage employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Hall County expected to extend vaccine incentive program - Gainesville Times

The incentive program started in August, when the county began offering $500 to all employees who got vaccinated or were already fully vaccinated. So far, 988 out of 1,666 of county employees, or 59.3%, have been fully vaccinated, Human Resources Director LisaRae Jones wrote in an email on Oct. 13.

When the program started, only about 30% of employees reported that they were already vaccinated, Jones said. The program was originally set to end at the end of September, but the Board of Commissioners is expected to extend the incentive until the end of 2021 at its Thursday, Oct. 14, meeting.

The program is funded through American Rescue Plan money.