City of Tulsa employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine stipend

TULSA, Okla. (KOKI) — The City of Tulsa is now offering city employees a $250 stipend if they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

The city announced the new initiative Wednesday evening after councilors voted to approve the program in a meeting.

Employees who are fully vaccinated by Oct. 15, 2021, will receive the $250 stipend.

The Employee Vaccine Stipend Program is to help increase vaccination rates among City of Tulsa employees.

The city says, beginning Nov. 1, 2021, every vaccinated employee in a City department in which at least 70 percent of its team members are vaccinated, will receive an additional $250 stipend.

Funding for this program totals nearly $1.8 million, which comes from American Rescue Plan Act funds.

“As the employer of essential front-line workers, it’s our duty to protect City employees and their ability to serve Tulsans throughout this pandemic,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I am thankful for the Tulsa City Council’s support of this effort and I am eager to see an increased vaccination rate among our employees.”