Health Workers and Emergency Responders Offered Incentives to Get COVID-19 Vaccines

Health Workers and Emergency Responders Offered Incentives to Get COVID-19 Vaccines

Some frontline health care and emergency response workers are being offered financial and other types of incentives to get the experimental COVID-19 vaccines being distributed under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1 There are media reports that many workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are refusing to get a COVID-19 shot. 2 3 4 5 6 Some employers are offering both monetary and non-monetary compensation as an incentive to get vaccinated.7

There were indications in the fall of 2020 that health care workers on the frontline of treating COVID-19 patients were not planning to get a COVID-19 shot. According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in September 2020, only 63 percent of health care personnel reported that they would be likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine.8 The American Nurses Foundation reported in October 2020 that 36 percent of nurses’ surveyed said they would not get the COVID-19 vaccine.9

Cash Payments Offered to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination

Media reports show that employers around the country are offering workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic a range of incentives to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Marc Boom, MD, CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas told the hospital’s 26,000 employees that they would receive a $500 bonus but only if they fulfilled certain eligibility criteria. He said, “Eligibility criteria to receive the award include getting a COVID-19 vaccination, fulfilling our obligation as health care workers to lead the community,”10

Gracedale Nursing Home in Nazareth, Northampton County in Pennsylvania is offering its employees a one-time payment $750 as an incentive for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. One of the primary reasons for incentive is that many of their employees have expressed concern over the safety of the experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccines being made available in the U.S. under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) granted to vaccine manufacturers by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).11

Northampton County officials have said they will be using money received through the federal CARES Act for the payout, which could cost approximately $490,000 for 650 employees.12 The Northampton County Council approved a resolution offering employees the incentive. Part of the resolution stated, “[T]here may be some reticence on the part of some staff to be inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccination due in part to the rapidity of its development…”13

Gracedale Nursing Home Administrator Jennifer Stewart-King said the payment will help persuade staff to get COVID-19 vaccine. Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure added, “We have anecdotal reports that people are concerned. Their concerns are valid, no doubt about it.”14

Los Angeles Firefighters Offered Financial Incentives to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in California has offered raffle prizes for all firefighters who get the COVID-19 vaccine.15 Prizes include gift cards for Airbnb and Lyft, home security cameras, bicycles, and Google Nest entertainment systems. The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to support the department, is funding the gifts.16

The LAFD stated that the incentives are required because not enough firefighters are accepting the new COVID-19 vaccines. LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said, “Only 1,000 out of 3,400 were vaccinated in the first week.”17 Frank Lima, an LAFD captain and former president of the union representing rank-and-file firefighters said that he encourages all firefighters to get the vaccine; however, he believes everyone has the right to make their own decision. He said, “While we will fight tooth and nail to give them every opportunity, we respect their right to make that decision.”18

Research Shows Incentives Could Fuel More Vaccine Hesitancy

Some economists and politicians have proposed and supported the idea of paying Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.19Economist Robert Litan, PhD called the idea an “adult version of the doctor handing out candy to children.”20 While providing incentives to get the vaccine may seem like a reasonable and straightforward idea to some, research suggests that such initiatives could backfire by sending a message that an offer of payment implies there is increased risk or reduced value of the product, which is why financial incentives are being offered to buy or use the product.21

An article in The New York Times noted, “Humans don’t respond to incentives like rats pressing levers for food; they try to interpret what being offered payment means. In this case, the offer risks implying that the vaccine is not a thing of value.”22


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1 Willetts M. Can you get paid to get a COVID vaccine? Some employers offering incentives. Miami Herald Jan. 6, 2021.
2 Parpia R. Many Health Care Workers Concerned About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines. The Vaccine Reaction Dec. 28, 2020.
3 Madani D. Many front-line workers refuse Covid vaccines as distribution struggles. Yahoo News Dec. 31, 2020.
4 23WIFR. Many health care workers refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. Jan. 9, 2021.
5 Dorn S. Thousands in FDNY reject COVID-19 vaccine – while NYPD waits for shots. New York Post Jan. 9, 2021.
6 Sharma A. Roughly Half of Caregivers At Long Term Care Facilities Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine. KPBS Jan. 15, 2021.
7 Welsh B. LAFD Officials Offering Vaccine Incentives. Los Angeles Times Jan. 6, 2021.
8 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ACIP Evidence to Recommendations for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine under an Emergency Use Authorization. September 2020.
9 American Nurses Association. Pulse on the Nation’s Nurses COVID-19 Survey Series: COVID-19 Vaccine. October 2020.
10 Gibson K. Houston hospital offers workers $500 to get COVID-19 vaccine. CBS News Jan. 5, 2021.
11 Perez W. Lehigh Valley nursing home employees offered money to get COVID-19 vaccine. 6ABC Dec. 29, 2020.
12 Ward J. Gracedale staff to be offered $750 to get COVID-19 vaccine. WFMZ Dec. 17, 2020.
13 Perez W. Lehigh Valley nursing home employees offered money to get COVID-19 vaccine. 6ABC Dec. 29, 2020.
14 Ward J. Gracedale staff to be offered $750 to get COVID-19 vaccine. WFMZ Dec. 17, 2020.
15 Willetts M. Can you get paid to get a COVID vaccine? Some employers offering incentives. Miami Herald Jan. 6, 2021.
16 Welsh B. Free Airbnb with your COVID-19 vaccine? Firefighters offered prizes along with priority access. Los Angeles Times Jan. 5, 2021.
17 Willetts M. Can you get paid to get a COVID vaccine? Some employers offering incentives. Miami Herald Jan. 6, 2021.
18 Welsh B. Free Airbnb with your COVID-19 vaccine? Firefighters offered prizes along with priority access. Los Angeles Times Jan. 5, 2021.
19 Loewenstein G, Cryder C. Why Paying People to Be Vaccinated Could Backfire. The New York Times Dec. 15, 2020.
20 Rutschman A, Gatter R. Why paying people to get the coronavirus vaccine won’t work. The Conversation Dec. 11, 2020.
21 Loewenstein G, Cryder C. Why Paying People to Be Vaccinated Could Backfire. The New York Times Dec. 15, 2020.
21 Ibid.

18 Responses to "Health Workers and Emergency Responders Offered Incentives to Get COVID-19 Vaccines"

  1. Lawrence Greenberg   January 19, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Despite the best efforts of “the authorities” to suppress the information, the list of deaths and severe adverse reactions is growing longer by the day. These experimental drugs that they call “vaccines” will almost certainly turn out to be an unmitigated disaster.

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  2. Gary D Brown   January 19, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    It sort of causes a person to wonder, if this vaccine is such a good thing to get, why do those pushing for people to take it feel that they need to offer an incentive in order to convince people to take it. Also, when supremely healthy people take the shot and within two weeks they are dead, it seems to me, even though I am not a “doctor”, that there is a strong indication that it IS/WAS the vaccine that caused the death. The “cause and effect” relationship is just too strong and highly correlated to deny.

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    • Deanna   January 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      Yep @Gary, but folks should know something called “Luciferase” is not meant for Total Well being but meant for your demise.

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    • Tom   January 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      You hit the nail on the head. If they are so good and safe and people had a fear of getting Covid and dying, they’d be rioting in the streets demanding to get shot up.

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  3. Dr. Tom   January 19, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    How about incentives to abandon industrial fake Food, junk food and sugar? forget being vaxxed! Build Your immune system with healthy food.

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  4. Gram   January 19, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Does anyone still believe that Big Pharma and Bill Gates are motivated by love for humanity?
    Censorship in America is at an all-time-insane high! But still, come on people. There is ample information out there about the dangers of vaccines and experimental biologics like mRNA vaccines! Why take the risk to ‘prevent’ something that is 99.98% survivable? And some reports say it doesn’t EVEN prevent getting CV19, or another corona, uh hm, flu variant, and it doesn’t EVEN prevent transmission. So why exactly is anyone risking ability to reproduce, health, life?

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  5. Joy Metcalf   January 19, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Of course it was not the vaccine. It never is. The “transparency” they promised has been a lie from the beginning, and we’re seeing the same “just a coincidence” spewing forth as with any other vaccine injury.

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  6. Pat   January 19, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Anybody who would sell his bodily integrity for a TV or cash gets what he deserves. I’m with Gary. Offering a bribe to do something dangerous because of fraudulent claims of safety is even more criminal than the fraudulent claims to begin with.

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  7. Wil   January 19, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    My step daughter who is 58 yr old, breast cancer survivor on SSI told me she got a letter offering her $740 if she would take the vaccine and she refused. We live in Salem Oregon. I assume the letter was from Soc.Sec. or HHS. I will follow up.

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  8. Wil   January 19, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    What happened to my comment??

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  9. JennyM   January 19, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    What use is it if you get the money and aren’t around to spend it? Plus it’s TAXED TOO….

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  10. Jim   January 20, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I wonder if anyone is concerned about the unknown variable of ADE (antigen-dependent enhancement) where the vaccine-produced antigens do an about-face and help the virus infect rather then protect. The mainstream medical establishment does not appear to be concerned, although there does seem to be a trickle who say that a waver of informed consent should be signed-off on by the vaccinated. Whether warranted or not, I have a feeling no waver of informed consent will be forthcoming anytime soon.

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    • Bob   January 20, 2021 at 10:10 am

      No need for a waiver since the vaccine maker is already protected from all liability.

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  11. Bob   January 20, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Like buying a new model car, you don’t want to be the one who gets a lemon before the bugs are worked out. There’s no recall for a bad vaccine. I don’t blame anyone for being suspicious of a poorly tested new product with no long term studies.

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    • Moo   January 21, 2021 at 8:03 am

      A liability free experimental product where you can not sue for damages as we are the guinea pigs. Bit late if killed or maimed by it and no longer able to stand up for oneself.

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  12. Monica Sherry Wright   January 20, 2021 at 11:14 am

    This is THE PLAN FOR GLOBAL SYSTEM OF SLAVERY…Please read Dr. Joseph Mercola , Google him. His newsletters are very informative and true an honest, like this on is. God is not going to help us unless we help ourselves. We need to get the whole universe praying for the strength to stand up, and fight to get our planet back

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  13. Ravi   January 20, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Keeping the merits of the products aside, there are no medical remedies for injuries.
    There are no legal remedies for injuries. You cannot get a Judge or Jury trial in a real court to hold anyone accountable.
    There are no financial remedies. These vaccines are covered by PREP act which processed 29 claims and paid out $6mil in last 9 yrs. Death is capped at under $370K. You lawyer fee, damages, pain and suffering , injuries are not covered. Only upper cap of upto $50K/Yr of reimbursable wage loss to due to seeking injury related medical treatment is possible. So basically you cant sure anyone and even to process a claim in a CDC administrative setting that takes like over 8 yrs on the average, you need to find a Pro Bono Lawyer to fight your case. Does this sound like an awesome deal ? All profits to Big Pharma and all liabilities to Patients.

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  14. Steve   January 22, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, selling your soul and health at once.

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