Maryland will offer a $100 financial incentive to state employees who get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced Monday.
The program includes state employees who have already been vaccinated. Those who have received their doses can present proof of vaccination to receive the incentive.
State employees must also agree to receive any CDC-recommended booster shots in the next 18 months. Employees who refuse booster shots during that time will be required to repay the $100.
Hogan’s office said the state Department of Budget and Management is working with state employee unions to implement the incentive program.
Stuart Katzenberg, the director of collective bargaining for AFSCME Maryland Council 3, said the union has not yet agreed to the incentive in writing but is continuing to bargain with the administration.
“We want to make sure that people who get the vaccine are educated about it and get proper protections and benefits,” Katzenberg said.
A Hogan official said the governor’s office does not keep data on how many state employees have been vaccinated to date.
Maryland has administered nearly 5 million vaccine doses statewide, according to state data.