McKee reevaluates $3,000 vaccination bonus incentive

Gov. McKee
Gov. Dan McKee. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Governor Dan McKee reevaluated his plan to provide vaccination bonuses to state employees on Thursday, after controversial opinions from lawmakers.

Approved by AFSCME Council 94 last week, the four year contract would provide state employees with an incentive for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Two $1,500 bonuses would be given to state workers who have been vaccinated, a total of $3,000.

The Council 94 contract currently is meant:

“To provide employees an incentive to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and a retention bonus to remain employed with the State, all employees [who] are fully vaccinated … or who have been granted a medical or religious exemption by the State, shall receive” the bonuses.

McKee called the incentive a “misstep” and stated that bonuses will no longer be tied to the employees vaccination status.

Once wording of a newer contract is released, more details will be available.

Categories: Coronavirus, Regional News, Rhode Island