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The City of Durham is pleased to offer a number of great incentives for employees who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
City employees who confirm that they are fully vaccinated by filling out the Certification of Vaccination Information Database (COVID) form by the dates below will be eligible for the following incentives:
Please see FAQs below for additional details about each incentive, including eligibility requirements, payout details, and more.
For the purposes of receiving the incentives offered to fully-vaccinated employees, City employees must simply verify that they have received all required doses of their COVID-19 vaccine – either the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine – by completing this form.*
At this time, booster vaccines are not a factor in determining an employee’s status as fully vaccinated or not.
*Note that you are not fully inoculated against COVID-19 until two weeks following your final dose of the vaccine.
Yes. City employees must submit a copy of their vaccine card by filling out Human Resources’ Certification of Vaccination Information Database (COVID) form if they want to be eligible for the incentives for fully-vaccinated employees.
No. City employees who have already submitted proof of their vaccination status by filling out this form do not need to fill out the form again.
However, because there have been several forms shared with City employees regarding vaccination over the last year, please do make sure you have filled out the Certification of Vaccination Information Database (COVID) form. You must fill out this particular form in order to be eligible for the vaccine incentives.
Yes. City employees must have completed this form by Sunday, October 17 to be eligible for the $250 bonus.
Fully-vaccinated employees who complete the Certification of Vaccination Information Database (COVID) form will be eligible for Earned Preventive Care Time and additional activity wellness credit until further notice.
No, as long as you are a City of Durham employee with an employee ID, you will be eligible for the incentives for fully-vaccinated employees.
That said, keep in mind that there are other factors that will impact your eligibility. Notably, you must:
Please note that this FAQ has not yet been updated to reflect the new bonus eligibility deadline of October 17. Updates coming soon.
There will be four payout dates for the $250 bonus. Employees must submit proof of their vaccination by filling out the Certification of Vaccination Information Database (COVID) form by close of business (COB) on the “Form Submission Dates” listed below in order to receive payout by the corresponding date.
As a rule*, if you received your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before February 28, 2021, your Earned Preventive Care Time for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine was loaded in April 2021. If you received your final dose between March 2021 – August 2021, that vacation time will be loaded in October 2021. If you receive your final dose between September 2021 – February 2022, that vacation time will be loaded in April 2022.
For more information about Earned Preventive Care Time, please see the 2021-2022 City of Durham Employee Benefits Guide (PDF).
*Please contact HR Connect if you have any questions about the status of your Earned Preventive Care Time.
As long as you have provided sufficient proof of your vaccination through the Certification of Vaccination Information Database (COVID) form, you can expect to receive wellness credit for that additional activity (in this case, COVID-19 vaccination) within 1-2 weeks.
You can verify that you’ve received this credit in your Live Well Portal account.
If you have received wellness credit for the COVID-19 vaccine, you should see a notification similar to the one below in your Live Well Portal account (under the “Rewards” tab):
This additional activity** will also be recorded in the “Rewards” tab under “Wellness Activities” > “Complete a Preventive Health Care Activity”:
**Note that you will only be able to identify each additional activity recorded in your portal by its completion date.
The $250 bonus will appear on your regular paycheck (either on September 10, September 24, October 8, or October 22, as detailed in the FAQ above) as a separate line item – look for pay code “906 CVD INCENT.”
Yes. The $250 bonus offered to eligible employees will be subject to all relevant state, federal, FICA, and Medicare taxes. This means your net payout will technically be less than $250.
There are currently no plans to factor booster vaccines into the City’s vaccine incentive requirements. If this changes in the future, employees will be the first to know.
Because booster vaccines are not a factor in determining a City employee’s status as fully vaccinated or not at this time, there are currently no plans to provide an additional bonus or incentive to employees who receive a booster vaccine.
No. Contractors employed through an employment agency are not eligible for any of the vaccine incentives.