Vermont Schools Could Win Cash Rewards For Achieving Immunization Goals | New

State officials announced on Tuesday that $ 2 million in federal emergency funding has been committed for schools that achieve a student immunization rate of 85% or more.

Schools that meet the threshold will be eligible for a minimum scholarship of $ 2,000 and, for schools with more than 90 percent of students vaccinated, a maximum of $ 15,000. To be eligible, schools must encourage student participation in how funds are spent.

The school vaccination incentive program was announced in a press release from Governor Phil Scott and the Education Agency.

In a statement, Scott said vaccination is “the most powerful tool against COVID-19, and getting our children vaccinated is essential for both their health and their education.”

“Vermont is the national leader in youth immunizations, and we hope this program encourages even more scaling up. As students in schools win these awards, I can’t wait to see the creative ways they come together to put them to good use, ”said the governor.

Dan French, the Vermont Secretary of Education, called immunization “an essential part of our public health strategy for schools.”

“We know that vaccination protects not only our health, but that of our entire community. This incentive program recognizes that; give students and families an added incentive to get vaccinated and a voice in how money is spent, ”French said.

Public schools and accredited and recognized independent schools are eligible. To receive the funds, schools must be able to certify that they have reached an immunization threshold and that they have solicited and considered student feedback when planning the use of these funds.

Funds will be allocated on an ongoing basis until April 1. Funds must be spent by June 30. Schools will receive $ 15 per student, for a minimum scholarship of $ 2,000 and a maximum of $ 10,000. Schools that achieve a 90 percent immunization rate may request an additional 50 percent of the initial grant, for a potential maximum grant of $ 15,000.

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