County announces vaccine incentive program

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Members of the Visiting Nurses Association, National Guard, county employees and volunteers help administer the vaccine at the mass vaccination site in Ferguson Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. In addition to the mass vaccination site at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College, additional vaccination sites are open in the Mehlville, Affton and Eureka fire protection districts, which began administering vaccines to eligible members of the public who had appointments Thursday, Feb. 4.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

Over the summer St. Louis County approved a plan for a vaccine incentive program and that plan came to fruition Saturday, Sept. 25.

County Executive Sam Page announced yesterday money has been set aside for 5,000 people to benefit from a gift card incentive program if they get fully vaccinated at county sponsored events. The announcement coincides with the addition of regular vaccination events at county libraries.

The gift cards include a $50 gas card and $100 grocery card to be mailed after full vaccination is confirmed by the health department. Councilwoman Shalonda Webb pushed for the incentive program over the summer and said it should help convince people who are on the fence to get vaccinated.

“This is critical because it’s actually going to help residents throughout the county. Whether it’s the grocery card or the gas card, this all helps with the struggle that’s been happening throughout the pandemic,” Webb said. “You see that people respond … to an incentive.”

To find county sponsored vaccine events, visit revivestl.com