HAMMOND - The city of Hammond is incentivizing its employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Enrolling in the program is voluntary and results in three days off for those who participate and complete the requirements.
The "Times" reports the program applies to any employee who has already received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Employees who have not been vaccinated have until August 1st to get the shots.
Employees must provide a completed vaccine card and signed affidavit affirming the documentation is true to qualify. The COVID-19 vaccine must be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the complete number of doses must be administered.
A city of Hammond supervisor or department head must approve the personal days an employee decides to take off and can't cost the city overtime to make up any personnel shortage caused by the participant's absence.
Those who don't wish to participate in the program won't lose anything and will still have their regular personal and vacation days.
The COVID-19 personal days for city of Hammond employees will expire December 31st, 2022.