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City employees will receive the allowance if they are vaccinated before March 4.

COVID-19 vaccination administered in Haverhill. David L. Ryan / Boston Globe

Employees of the city of Haverhill can expect a windfall of $ 500 this new year, but only if they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Through the American Rescue Plan Act, Mayor James Fiorentini will fund a stipend of $ 500 for each employee who receives their COVID-19 vaccine by March 4. The Eagle Tribune reports. City employees who are eligible to receive the funds include staff working at the city hall, as well as police, fire department, library, water, sewage, and road personnel.

The allowance also applies to seasonal employees, temporary and probationary employees, workers returning from leave and potential workers. The allowance of $ 500 will be prorated for part-time employees.

Elected officials such as the mayor and members of the city council will not be eligible to receive the allowance.

Fiorentini estimated that the allowance will be available for around 455 city employees.

“When I saw the numbers skyrocket, I knew I had to do something to protect the public and our employees,” Fiorentini told the Tribune, referring to the recent spike in positive cases. “We really want everyone to be vaccinated. The carrot is an allowance of $ 500 while the stick should be tested weekly.

In addition, all employees will be required to show proof of vaccination by January 23 or undergo weekly testing.

Weekly testing will be free, and those who choose testing over vaccination will also need to wear a mask during working hours and maintain social distancing. They will not be eligible to receive the vaccination allowance.

Fiorentini said employees who have not yet received their second dose will be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results for the recommended interval between doses suggested by the vaccine manufacturer.

“We are dealing with the public and I don’t want to endanger anyone,” he said.


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