Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin’s largest school system, will reward kids who receive the COVID-19 vaccination with a $100 prize.
The board debated requiring kids to get vaccines, but ultimately decided on a $100 reward for MPS students 12 and older who submit proof of immunization by Nov. 1, including those who have already had their injections.
Administrators noted during the meeting that the district had around 31,205 children who are eligible for the vaccination, which means the district may spend up to $3.12 million, according to the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal. The initiative will be funded with money from the district’s $500 million federal stimulus installment.
Other COVID-19 safety precautions in place at the school include mandatory face masks, HEPA filtration units, and physical separation.
In a statement, Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley said, “The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most effective ways to limit the spread of the virus.” “We owe it to our kids, teachers, staff, and community to do everything we can to keep our schools safe.”
According to Milwaukee’s dashboard, there have been 448 cases among youngsters under the age of 12 and 406 cases among 12 to 17-year-olds in the previous 14 days.
Pediatric hospitalizations are on the rise across the country. More than 2,355 children are being treated in pediatric hospitals across the nation for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections, which is one of the highest levels of the epidemic.
Vaccine mandate debates are still raging in school districts across the country.
The Los Angeles Unified School District became the first large-scale institution to mandate that eligible kids receive the vaccination on Thursday. Unless they have a “medical or other exception,” all kids aged 12 and above will be expected to be completely vaccinated by Jan. 10, 2022, according to the school system.
President Joe Biden also declared that private companies with 100 or more employees must need vaccinations or weekly testing for their personnel.