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Marlboro County School District paying employees $500 to show proof of vaccination

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 8:40 PM EDT
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BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WMBF) - Marlboro County School District is now offering $500 stipends to any employee signed through the 2021-2022 school year once they’ve shown proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Here in Marlboro County, we have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state, and so we’ve been trying to strategically plan how to increase our numbers especially with our staff,” Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord said.

McCord said roughly 68% of district employees have been vaccinated, but lately, the number hasn’t increased much.

“Not trying to put any pressure on anyone to do something that they don’t believe, they should have to do something that we think is going to benefit not just them but our students, but that extra carry on does help,” McCord said.

The 2020-2021 school year has been full of challenges.

McCord said the stipend isn’t only to get employees vaccinated, it’s also a way of rewarding district staff after a difficult year.

“Just again as our way of saying, one, thank you for having a commitment to the health and safety of everyone especially in our schools, but also a thank you for being committed enough to return to Marlboro County as an employee during these times,” McCord said.

While stipends are now available for employees, students could soon cash in on getting vaccinated.

“Right now we’re going to try and incentivize vaccination for students that are of age, as we get more information we share it with our community, and if there’s a way to do it community-wide I’d do that too but I haven’t figured that out yet,” McCord said.

The stipends will be paid out in August.

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