Dallas ISD is providing a financial incentive to its employees to get vaccinated.

The district announced Thursday it was offering to give fully vaccinated employees a one-time payment of $500.

To receive the payment, staff members should fill out the vaccination incentive form and show proof of vaccination by Nov. 15.

This incentive is voluntary. It will help the district keep track of how many employees are fully vaccinated and will facilitate the contract tracing and quarantine processes, according to DISD’s news website.

Employees will see the $500 added to their paychecks within about 45 days of submitting their proof of vaccination.

The news comes amid a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in our area. Dallas ISD announced a mask requirement Monday, and Dallas County issued one Wednesday.

DISD is not the first to offer financial incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio began a program offering $100 payments to those who were vaccinated. Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota also announced $100 payments would go to vaccinated residents.