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Bonus pay offered to McLean County Nursing Home workers for getting COVID shots

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NORMAL (WEEK) - Employees at the government-run McLean County Nursing Home will be paid a bonus of up to $1,000 for receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

Approximately 90 people work at the nursing home, and according to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 61.54% of the workers are fully vaccinated and 84.15% of the nursing home's residents are fully vaccinated.

Interim County Administrator Cassy Taylor told 25 News the incentives will range between $500 and $1,000 depending on workers' job status, with full-time employees receiving a larger bonus.

The money is coming from state's portion of the American Rescue Plan's payments to long-term care providers. The McLean County Nursing Home is receiving just over $113,000.

The county board last week approved using the money as incentive for more workers to receive the COVID shots.

Howard Packowitz

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