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Additional Information About COVID-19 Incentive & Retention Bonus

posted Feb 18, 2022, 11:33 AM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Feb 22, 2022, 8:34 AM ]
Message from Mark Wasiewicz, Human Resources Director

Hi Everyone,

As a follow up to Thomas Whitney's February 16th email please review the information below. This email contains additional IMPORTANT information about the COVID vaccination incentive program and the initial staff retention bonus. 

If you have any questions please let me know.


How do I qualify for the COVID-19 vaccination incentive?
You will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means you have received the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

If I have not received the COVID-19 vaccination in the past can I do so now and receive the COVID-19 incentive?
Yes. You may receive your vaccination at a local pharmacy, community outreach program or other entity offering the COVID-19 vaccination. You have until May 31st, 2022, in order to get FULLY vaccinated to qualify for the $250 incentive. Submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination no later than 3:00 PM June 16, 2022.

Will I automatically receive the COVID vaccination incentive?
No. You are required to submit proof of vaccination to the human resources department.

How should I submit my proof of vaccination?
If you have the New York State Excelsior Pass app on your mobile phone you can simply share the information with us. You may do so by following these steps: 
      1. Open the NYS Excelsior app.
      2. Select (click on) Vaccine #2 or #3 (if you received the booster)
      3. Select the "share" icon on your phone
      4. Either email or text to
We will send your confirmation usually within 24 hours.

Option 2 - EMAIL OR FAX
    1. To email, you may make a copy and email your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to
    2. To FAX, you may FAX your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to 716-366-7840 Attention Jennifer Guzman.
Option 3 - Intra Office or US Mail
Mailing address: Southern Tier Environments for Living, Inc. 715 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY 14048.

When will my COVID-19 vaccination incentive be paid to me?
Once your proof of vaccination is submitted your $250 incentive will be paid in your next paycheck. Your proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be submitted no later than 3:00 PM the Monday before payday.  Get your proof of vaccination submitted TODAY!

What if I submit my proof of COVID-19 vaccination after Monday's 3:00 PM deadline?
Your $250 incentive will be paid in your next paycheck. Your proof of COVID-19 vaccination submission must be received no later than 3:00 PM June 16, 2022.

Do I need to take any action in order to receive the retention bonus?
No. The payroll department will determine eligibility and bonus amounts for all staff members.

What will be the amount of my retention bonus?
Current full time status staff members with an effective date prior to February 20, 2022 will qualify for $250. Part time status staff members who worked 832  hours or greater between January 18, 2021 and January 23, 2022 will qualify for $250. Part time status members who worked 831 hours or less will receive $.30 per hour compensated. 

Have a great day! 😀
716-366-7792 x212