ANDERSON, Calif. - California issued a mandate last week that requires all healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated by the end of September.
The Anderson Walk-In Clinic is now incentivizing its employees to get vaccinated by giving fully vaccinated employees a $100 gift card to any place they choose.
This program is already popular with healthcare workers like Barbara Morales, a medical assistant at the Anderson Walk-In Clinic.
For personal reasons, Morales and other healthcare workers had put off getting vaccinated. As the Delta variant continues to spread and more information is shared, Morales softened her stance on the vaccine.
"It just seemed like they rushed the vaccine in the beginning, so I was pretty hesitant with it," Morales said. "But the more COVID goes on and everything that they’re coming up with it makes a lot of sense to get the vaccine."
Morales told Action News Now she chose her gift card to go to Home Depot. The majority of that gift card will be used to help remodel her kitchen.
While the gift card is a popular incentive, Morales wants healthcare workers to be role models to get more people vaccinated.
"Last year we were heroes, this year people are being turned away," Morales said. "Show some incentive, show your support, as we all have during the entire pandemic. Let’s stay together, let’s stay united, give the incentive, and go get more people to go do it."
Morales said she knows it is hard to sway people away from their ideas, especially about getting vaccinated, but hopes people make the right choice for themselves and their families.
While she also knows some of her co-workers are hesitant to get vaccinated, Morales thinks most of them will end up getting the vaccine before the end of September.