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Nearly 900 employees took $100 vaccine incentive, data shows

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FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a news briefing in Columbus, Ohio. Dan Tierney, a DeWine spokesperson, said Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, “We are hopeful the enhanced incentive encourages any individuals on the fence regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.” Nearly 900 state employees and more than 200 of their spouses took advantage of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s vaccine incentive offer after he rolled it out last month, records show. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) — The state says nearly 900 employees have taken advantage of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s $100 vaccine incentive offer since he rolled it out last month.

Melissa Vince is a spokesperson for the Department of Administrative Services. She says the agency received more than 10,000 emails from employees expressing interest.

So far 882 $100 incentives for employees have been processed and 218 $25 incentives for employees’ spouses.

The state has about 50,000 employees but maintains no record of how many are vaccinated.

The governor announced the incentive last month in hopes of boosting the state’s stagnating vaccination rate.

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