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Miami-Dade Public School employees may get stipend for getting COVID vaccine

The School Board of Miami-Dade County will vote on a possible monetary stipend for any employee who chooses to be vaccinated, as well as for employees who prove to already have full vaccination status.
The School Board of Miami-Dade County will vote on a possible monetary stipend for any employee who chooses to be vaccinated, as well as for employees who prove to already have full vaccination status.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The School Board of Miami-Dade County will vote on a possible monetary stipend for any employee who chooses to be vaccinated, as well as for employees who prove to already have full vaccination status.

The School Board of Miami-Dade County will vote on giving a one time $275 stipend to employees who decide to get vaccinated. This initiative is already implemented in Broward County, where they are giving employees a $250 stipend.

The vote comes one day after a Florida judge ruled that the state of Florida cannot enforce a ban on public schools mandating the use of masks, which is a win for South Florida schools defying Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his fight against mask mandates in the classroom.

However, this ruling is temporary, and the governor says he plans to fight it in an appeals court. Attorneys tell Local 10 News it can take a few months for the case to get there.

Nevertheless, thanks to the ruling, school districts like those in Broward and Miami-Dade counties can continue to require face coverings.

Meanwhile, an appeals court is currently sorting out whether the ban by DeSantis is ultimately legal.

The state’s own data shows more kids are getting COVID than ever before. Those 12 and under, who can’t get vaccinated, are the ones with the most new cases last week and the week before.

As of Thursday, Broward schools reported nearly 1,400 cases since August 18, while Miami-Dade schools reported nearly 400 cases.


About the Author:

Annaliese Garcia joined Local 10 News in January 2020. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism. She began her career at Univision. Before arriving at Local 10, she was with NBC2 (WBBH-TV) covering Southwest Florida. She's glad to be back in Miami!