Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has joined other districts in the metro Atlanta area by offering a one-time monetary incentive to staff members who have received a COVID vaccine.

Eligible GCPS employees will be paid $500 if they complete the two-step process verifying their vaccination status. This includes employees who were vaccinated this past spring and summer will also be eligible for the payment.

Full-time employees, contracted cafeteria staff and speech-language pathologists, retirees and substitute teachers who work a minimum of 45 days this year are all eligible for the incentive. In addition to the vaccination events going on at GCPS high schools, the district is working with third parties to get staff and students vaccinated.

“It is time to improve our efforts. We hope to make a difference in encouraging vaccinations through employee incentives and additional vaccination clinics. By doing so, we can assist in limiting the spread of COVID which will help us keep our schools open, benefitting our students and the greater Gwinnett community,” Superintendent Calvin Watts said in a press release.

This announcement came just after Governor Kemp’s end of August COVID-19 update press conference where he encouraged all employees of the state to sign up to receive their vaccine. Gov. Kemp received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in late March.

GCPS Pfizer vaccine clinics have been held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. since the beginning of September with Duluth High School (Sept. 21 and 23), Dacula High School (Sept. 28 and 30) and Grayson High School (Oct. 5)

(Duluth High School is one of the locations giving out the vaccine during this incentivized time for Gwinnett employees. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bria Suggs)