Fayetteville launches cash incentive program to encourage vaccinations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fayetteville has officially launched its cash incentive program to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Anyone who lives or works in the city is eligible to receive a $100 payment for becoming fully vaccinated between Aug. 17 and Oct. 15 by applying online at fayetteville-ar.gov/vaccine.

To be fully vaccinated, a person must have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, within the eligibility period. The incentive does not apply to booster shots.

While the eligibility period ends Oct. 15, people can apply for the payment through Nov. 1.

Payments will be distributed in cash and will be available after an application has been verified and approved, according to city officials. Approvals are expected to take up to two business days, and applicants will be notified once approved. Payment must be picked up in person at Fayetteville City Hall, 113 W. Mountain St., during regular business hours.

An application kiosk is also available at the City Hall location for anyone who needs assistance with the online form submission.

Instructions for Fayetteville residents:
Along with contact information, applicants must upload proof of current Fayetteville residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, and upload a copy of their completed vaccination card. Guardians also may provide information for minors who were fully vaccinated within the designated time period.

Instructions for Fayetteville workers:
Applicants who work in Fayetteville but live elsewhere will need to upload proof of employment in Fayetteville during the eligibility period, such as a pay stub, invoice or Form 1099, as well as a copy of their completed vaccination card.

The City Council earlier this month voted 7-0 to approve the program using up to $400,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The White House last month encouraged state and local governments to offer cash to people who get fully vaccinated by using money from the American Rescue Plan. Fayetteville is expected to receive about $17.9 million through the plan.

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