By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The City of Cheyenne is offering to trade vacation hours for vaccinations.
City officials have adopted new vaccination incentive program, giving employees who get vaccinated against the coronavirus extra vacation hours.
City spokesman Michael Skinner told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that the program just began on Monday.
“The City is offering extra vacation hours, or added payroll hours for (part-time) and seasonal employees, who are fully vaccinated by Oct. 31,” Skinner said.
He added he hadn’t heard any feedback yet about the program, due to both the short timeline and the fact Cheyenne Frontier Days is in full swing.
This vaccine incentive program is not unlike others implemented across the state, such as the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department offering free Cheyenne Frontier Days concert tickets to people who got vaccinated or the University of Wyoming providing an additional personal day off for employees who were vaccinated.
Along with other incentives, the state of Colorado gave out $1 million to five residents who got vaccinated.
Wyoming has not implemented such a statewide program, although less than 33% of its residents are fully vaccinated.
Banner Health, a health care system that operates clinics and hospitals in Wyoming and other western states, announced last week that its employees would be required to get the vaccine to keep their jobs.
As of Monday, Laramie County had 189 active coronavirus cases and 34.6% of the county’s population had been vaccinated against the virus.
Laramie County also had the most Delta variant cases of the virus, with 179 of the state’s 255 cases, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.