By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is not yet requiring its employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, but it has launched an incentive program to encourage more employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
This is in contrast to the Wyoming Medical Center and a number of Banner Health medical clinics across Wyoming, where employees will be required to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 or lose their jobs.
“Cheyenne Regional has not implemented or announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees at this time,” CRMC spokeswoman Kathy Baker told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday. “Our health system did recently implement a COVID-19 vaccination incentive program for employees.”
CRMC employees who are fully vaccinated by Oct. 31 are eligible for the following: full-time employees can receive either 16 hours of paid time off or a $600 bonus, part-time employees can receive either eight hours of PTO or a $300 bonus and PRN employees will receive a $150 bonus.
Baker said that more than 60% of the CRMC staff is fully vaccinated, with several more employees having received the first dose of the vaccines that require two doses.
Other vaccine incentive programs have been implemented across the state, such as the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department raffling off free Cheyenne Frontier Days concert tickets or the University of Wyoming and the City of Cheyenne offering a personal day off to employees who get vaccinated.