$100 for everyone in Frio taking coronavirus shot
County reports sharp rise in vaccination numbers after payout program begins
Vaccination numbers in Frio County saw a sharp increase in the first days of the county’s rollout of its incentive program on Tuesday, September 14.
The Frio County COVID dashboard shows that from September 9 to 15, 59 Frio County residents, an average of eight per day, were reported as having received their first dose of the vaccine.
In a two-day span immediately after the vaccine incentive program started, 245 residents were reported to the state as receiving their first dose.
Frio County’s fully vaccinated rate, for those ages 12 and over, increased by 1.85 percent as of September 17. The prior week it went up by 1.52 percent.
County commissioners approved a vaccine incentive program for residents who become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 between September 14 and October 30. Those taking the vaccine are eligible to receive $100 in cash as part of the county’s effort to increase the vaccination rate locally.
The cash incentive is given to individuals who receive a full dose of any COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson) at any health provider, according to county officials. Residents are eligible to receive the incentive only if the vaccine series is started and completed during the applicable time period.
Eligible minors must be accompanied by their legal guardian. People who are already fully vaccinated are not eligible for the incentive.
“We will do whatever we can in this fight against COVID-19 to help keep our residents safe and to prevent the virus from spreading further in our community,” Frio County Judge Arnulfo Luna said.
Authorization forms can be picked up at the county judge’s office between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Information is available by calling Delma Aguirre or Esmeralda Cano at (830) 334-2154, Ext 1.
Payouts will be made upon the return of the completed, signed form along with proof of vaccination. Payments will not begin until October 1.
“Frio County would have seen a steep decline in vaccination rate without the $100 incentive,” Frio Pct. #4 Commissioner Jose Asuncion said. “Though the rollout of the program was bumpy, these numbers should be seen as evidence that the incentive does have a significant effect on the vaccination rate.
“If it is the desire of the county judge to continue to see more Frio residents vaccinated, the judge’s office should do more to simplify the incentive registration process, extend the deadline, as well as create partnerships for vaccine drives.”