Schools can get money for students receiving vaccines.
Vermont is rolling out its School Vaccine Incentive Program, which awards money to schools that have achieved at least 85% of its student population being vaccinated against COVID-19. The program also requires that students participate in deciding how the funds will be spent.
Public schools and recognized independent schools would receive $15 per student with a minimum of $2,000 if they have achieved an 85% vaccinated rate. Schools with a 90% rate could get as much as 50% more of the original award, up to a maximum of $15,000 for that school.
In all, the state is allocating $2 million in federal emergency funds for schools involved in this program.
The money will be sent out on a rolling basis, but schools are expected to receive the funds by April 1. The money must be spent by June 30, the end of the fiscal and academic year.
“Vermont leads the nation in youth vaccination and we hope that this program encourages even more to step up," Gov. Phil Scott said in a news release. "As schools students earn these awards, I look forward to seeing the creative ways they come together to put it to good use.”
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This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: VT gives money to schools with at least 85% of students vaccinated