Rīga allocates EUR 1.7 million for school vaccination rewards

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The Education, Culture and Sport Committee and the Finance Committee of the Riga City Council have supported the granting of EUR 1,725,000 to motivate employees of educational institutions to vaccinate against Covid-19, LETA reported July 16.

At the meeting of the committee, all members expressed their unanimous support for this idea, stating that schools will thus be encouraged to introduce cooperation principles and teamwork to decide how to use the funds.

The financial support will be provided to the general education establishments of the Riga City municipality where the number of persons vaccinated against Covid-19 will be at least 80% of all employees of the institution. Education establishments will be able to receive €5,000, €7,500, or €10,000, depending on the total number of employees of the establishment.

It will be possible for schools to use this funding at their discretion: for the renewal of technical equipment, for repairs, for bonuses of the school staff.

Such motivating measures are being introduced at a time when the government supported amendments to the law requiring Covid-19 certificates for employees of educational establishments from 1 October. The teachers union is still opposed to compulsory vaccination. According to the Ministry of Education, 52% of educators have completed the vaccination process.

The draft law of compulsory vaccination will have to be decided by the Saeima at the next meeting.

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