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Broward mayor announces $500 bonus for employees with COVID-19 vaccine

Broward mayor implements incentive program instead of COVID vaccine mandate
Broward mayor implements incentive program instead of COVID vaccine mandate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County Mayor Steve Geller announced on Wednesday that he will not be implementing an employees’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Instead, he said, there will be a $500 bonus during a 60-day period for those who provide proof of vaccination.

Geller said unvaccinated employees, both those who are union members and non-union members, will have to pay a biweekly surcharge of $20 to pay for the additional cost of health insurance and submit to weekly COVID testing after the 60 days.

“We don’t know the percentage of employees that are vaccinated,” Geller said, adding the Broward County administrator will enforce the program affecting about 6,800 employees, excluding the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Supervisor of Elections, the Clerk of Courts and other county constitutional officers.

Unvaccinated Broward employees to face bi-weekly penalty, mayor says
Unvaccinated Broward employees to face bi-weekly penalty, mayor says

Geller said the dates will be announced later, but he believes the incentive program’s 60 day period for Broward County employees will start sometime at the end of the month or on Oct. 1st.

“We are trying our best to encourage voluntary compliance,” Geller said adding he is using coronavirus pandemic-related federal aid to cover the cost of the incentive program.

Geller also said there is a universal indoor face mask mandate at the Broward County government center. He said the best way for Broward employees to protect their community is by wearing face masks and getting the vaccine.

Vaccinated Broward County employees will get $500 bonus, mayor says
Vaccinated Broward County employees will get $500 bonus, mayor says

To help reduce hospitalizations, Geller said he is also encouraging everyone to consider getting free monoclonal antibody therapy after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The therapy is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CB Smith Park, at 900 N. Flamingo Rd., in Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954-357-5170 or visit this page.


About the Authors:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.