At their December 17 meeting, Northampton County Council voted 7-0 to offer a $750 Covid-19 vaccine incentive of $750 to Gracedale workers. Administrator Jennifer Stewart-King told Council this could cost as much as $490,000, but will be paid out of CARES Act money specifically set aside for "infection control" at the nursing home.
In addition to this incentive, some Gracedale workers will continue to receive hazard pay until December 31. Currently, two residents are infected. more infections than at any other time in the pandemic.
This incentive only exists at Gracedale. "We don't have the money to incentivize anyone else," explained Executive Lamont McClure
Council member Kerry Myers was absent and Council President Ron Heckman left the meeting before the vote.