CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mayor of West Virginia’s largest city wants to give $500 to all city workers in Charleston who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin announced Tuesday that she sent a letter to the City Council requesting approval for either a cash payment or a $500 health savings account contribution to eligible employees. Workers must have at least two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the city said in a statement.READ MORE: Pittsburgh International Airport Introduces New Dogs To The 'Paws Team'
The payment would come from the city’s allocation of American Rescue Plan funding, the statement said. Goodwin anticipates the cost would be $450,000 if all city employees participate.READ MORE: A Special Relationship: Truck Driver Helps Lift The Spirits Of Young Boy With Cystic Fibrosis
Kanawha County currently has 842 active coronavirus cases, up from 478 a week earlier.
“We serve the public every day and it is not only our job to keep the public safe — but we need to keep our employees safe,” Goodwin said.MORE NEWS: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Sending Food To Louisiana To Help With Hurricane Relief
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