Dallas College encourages vaccinations with financial incentive

Rosa Poetschke, Managing Editor

A cash incentive is part of the new Dallas College approach to help increase the vaccination rate across students, staff and faculty. Dallas College Chancellor Joe May announced the new incentive in a collegewide email Aug. 24. The program is part of a two-pronged approach to help mitigate the rising COVID-19 delta variant cases in the Dallas area.

Employees will receive a $500 incentive for full vaccination status. Students will be eligible for a $200 incentive for full vaccination status.

To receive the incentive, Dallas College employees and students must present proof of vaccination Aug. 30 – Nov. 15 via the Med+Proctor portal via My Apps

The cash incentive arrives on the heels of the recent increase in hospitalizations and outbreaks due to the COVID-19 delta variant. “While we hope the financial incentive will serve as motivation, let us all remain focused on the proper incentive: saving lives,” May said. 

According to Reuters, Rochelle Walensky, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, said 97% of people entering hospitals in the United States with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.  “This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Walensky said.

Free rotating vaccination clinics will be offered beginning Aug. 30 at the Brookhaven and Mountain View campuses, according to May’s email. For more information on times and locations, visit the Dallas College COVID-19 information and resources page.