Haverhill Offers $500 For City Employees To Get Vaccinated

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HAVERHILL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's the carrot or the stick in Haverhill, as Mayor James Fiorentini puts in place new rules for his city's employees.

The roughly 455 city employees can receive a one-time $500 stipend if they have been vaccinated or get vaccinated by March 4.

"Ultimately we want everyone who works for the city of Haverhill — particularly those who come in close contact with the public — to be vaccinated," he said.

All City of Haverhill employees will need to provide proof of vaccination by January 23 or get tested weekly.

"We also want to reward those employees who have done the right thing and been vaccinated," the mayor said. The money for the stipend is coming from the city's American Rescue Plan Act funding.

Fiorentini said he heard from one of the city's union leaders that five of his employees are going to get vaccinated now that the new policy is in place.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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