TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Lee County Board of Supervisors passed a coronavirus policy last week that leaders hope will encourage all county employees to get the vaccine.
According to county administrator Bill Benson, under the county's new coronavirus policy, an employee who received the vaccine is allowed 10 days additional time off if he or she comes down with the coronavirus.
The CDC recommends 10 days.
If it’s a non-vaccinated employee, then the county will take those 10 days out of the employee’s number of sick days.
“Hopefully it's an incentive for vaccination and stay home if they are sick,” Benson said. “But we do want to encourage the vaccinations and that was a policy determined by the Board, and they thought it would be in the best interest."
The county does not require vaccinations. It currently employs more than 300 workers.