Immunization Incentive Program Begins at Clay County Public Health Center | Coronavirus

CLAY COUNTY – Residents of Clay County could now be eligible to receive up to $ 100 if they get vaccinated against COVID-19. On Tuesday, October 5, the Clay County Public Health Center began participating in the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services-sponsored vaccine incentive program. Residents can receive Visa gift cards when they make an appointment and receive one of three types of COVID-19 vaccines at the health center.

To be eligible, beneficiaries must be residents of Clay County aged 12 or older seeking their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to public health, eligible recipients of the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine may receive two $ 50 gift cards at the end of their appointment. For a two-dose series like Pfizer and Moderna, residents must receive both doses at CCPHC and a $ 50 gift card will be issued at each vaccination appointment.

Third doses are not eligible for the incentive program.

“Increasing the number of fully immunized residents is vital to preventing unnecessary illness and death in Clay County,” said Darrell Meinke, deputy director of the Clay County Public Health Center. “While we are delighted that we can now offer booster doses to those most vulnerable, we know that the only way to truly reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our community is to have more eligible residents vaccinated if they have not already been. The protection that vaccines have proven is something everyone should enjoy. “

“Since the rise of the Delta variant, the CDC reports that vaccinated people are five times less likely to be infected with COVID-19 and more than 10 times less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19, per compared to unvaccinated people, ”the public health statement said. “However, as of October 1, only 44% of the eligible population in the jurisdiction of the Clay County Public Health Center is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Residents eligible for the incentive program can make an appointment with the Clay County Public Health Center online via Gift cards can be redeemed immediately after vaccination at CCPHC and cannot be collected at a later date or sent by mail.

“If you have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 and are therefore not eligible for this incentive program, we still want to express our sincere thanks to you,” said Brooke Jarchow, Community Health Program Manager at CCPHC. “Each person vaccinated can prevent the disease from spreading even further, which in turn can positively impact dozens and hundreds more people than you ever think. “

The Clay County Vaccine Incentive Program is made possible by funding provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services. The program will last until funds are exhausted or until December 31, 2021.

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