Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott and City Administrator Christopher Shorter announced that the city has authorized a one-time payment of $1,000 to fully vaccinated municipal employees.
All fully vaccinated City of Baltimore employees are eligible to receive the $1,000 payment. The incentive pay will be given to employees who have been vaccinated, as well as employees who become fully vaccinated by January 14, 2022.
"This incentive is about doing everything in our power to protect our employees and our residents. We are still in a pandemic. People are still losing their lives and getting seriously ill because they are not vaccinated," said Mayor Scott in a news release.
This announcement comes after the administration’s decision in October to mandate the vaccine for Baltimore City employees. All employees are required to report and upload proof of vaccination to the city no later than January 14, 2022.
Those who are not fully vaccinated must submit to weekly testing. Employees who do not upload their vaccination status and do not comply with weekly testing will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.
The City of Baltimore will continue to organize pop-up testing clinics for unvaccinated employees, which are free of charge and located across the city.
“It is our hope that together the vaccine mandate and incentive program will push more of our city employees to get vaccinated and upload their status,” said City Administrator, Christopher Shorter.
To date, 66.6% of vaccine-eligible Baltimore City residents aged 18 years and up are fully vaccinated. Baltimore City’s Department of Human Resources (DHR) reports that 3,303 employees have yet to report their vaccination status.
Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will be used to pay for the incentive program.