Fort Wayne to give $200 vaccine incentives for city employees; masks required in city buildings


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Mayor Tom Henry has announced new initiatives to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Fort Wayne on Thursday.

Beginning Tuesday, Sep. 7, masks will once again be required inside all City of Fort Wayne-owned buildings, regardless of vaccination status. This includes

  • Citizens Square
  • Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission office
  • Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation offices and pavilions
  • Community centers
  • Youth centers
  • Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
  • Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control

Mayor Henry also announced that city employees who voluntarily shares proof of vaccination will receive a $200 “wellness initiative” check. He also mentioned that additional measures – such as incentives or disincentives – are being considered.

“There is no reason why our employees should not be vaccinated,” Mayor Henry said. Fort Wayne has 1,800 full-time employees.

Henry said widespread vaccinations were his “top priority.”

Allen County Health Commissioner Matthew Sutter, who also addressed reporters on Thursday, says the county is still in midst of a “significant surge.” By taking measures like wearing masks and getting vaccinated, the county can avoid implementing restrictions that were put in place throughout 2020, including shutdowns, Sutter said.

Dr. Sutter said public health restrictions would not be considered unless local hospitals become overwhelmed. At this time, he hopes new COVID-19 cases will start plateauing like in nearby communities.

The keys: vaccinations, masking and masks in schools, Sutter reiterated.

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