Mayor Randy Stephens, who is retired from the medical profession, said providing the vaccine bonus with federal funding “is a really good idea.”
“I understand some people are opposed to it. It wouldn’t make any difference if we gave them $1,000. They wouldn’t take it,” he said.
Opposition to vaccinations against the coronavirus has been persistent in some areas, particularly those with mostly white, conservative makeups. About 42% of the population is fully vaccinated in Walker County, roughly in line with the statewide average, according to statistics from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The city's 40 workers have until Dec. 31 to provide verification that they are vaccinated.
Officials initially discussed an incentive of $100 per worker, but Council member George Sides Jr. said he didn't know if that was enough since some people have reactions to the shots.aside">