West Memphis to offer city employees $200 to get vaccinated

West Memphis, Ark. — The City of West Memphis just approved $200 for each city employee to get vaccinated.

Workers who have already been vaccinated will be offered the same incentive too.

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Right now, there are 400 employees who work for the city. Mayor Macro McClendon said only 65 percent of employees are vaccinated and he’s hoping to get more shots in arms.

“It’s important for those who have been vaccinated because I want them to be singing that song with me that we need to be vaccinated,” McClendon said.

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“I was excited to learn that the people who got vaccinated were still going to be considered for this, for those that were skeptical about getting vaccinated, that this might be the push that they need,” said Patricia Lane, City of West Memphis employee.

McClendon said this will also encourage businesses to offer incentives.

He said he has been in discussions with companies in the area that are in the process of putting together some incentive packages.