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Vaccine incentive in Fayetteville offering residents $100

In an effort to get more residents vaccinated, the City of Fayetteville's Vaccine Incentive Program is offering residents $100 for proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville is giving out a one-time payment to those who live and work in the city, but the catch is you must get vaccinated against COVID-19 in a certain time period. 

“I did not know about it until you told me,” Laura Barber said.

5NEWS spoke with several people walking along Dickson Street and the Fayetteville Square to get their opinions about the program. However, many had not heard of it.

It’s a relaunch of a program that started last summer during the delta surge. It allows residents and employees of Fayetteville businesses who become fully vaccinated against the virus between Jan. 18 and March 18 of 2022, to get $100.

“I think that it could be effective,” Barber said. “I think for some types of workers, this could be the little push to help.”

The incentive is aimed to get unvaccinated employees of Fayetteville businesses and residents vaccinated.

“You’re telling me they’re going to, you’re going to give them $100," said Fayetteville resident Wil Matias. “I feel like they’ll want to get vaccinated.”

To get the money, you’ll have to apply on the city’s website. At the top, you should see the “vaccine incentive info” notice. 

You’ll need your vaccine card and proof of residency or W-2 if you work in the city. Once approved, the money will be paid for using the leftover $236,000 in COVID-19 relief funds from the program’s original launch.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily a waste of funds if the outcome is that more people are vaccinated,” Barber said.

“It makes me want to get vaccinated,” Matias said. “I haven’t been vaccinated. So, just $100 on top of that makes you want to get vaccinated.”

Once approved, you’ll need to stop by City Hall to pick up your money but make sure you have a photo ID with you, and you’ll get the $100 in cash.

The City of Fayetteville says payments will stop after April 8.

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