Many long-term care staffers refused the vaccine. Now they have more infections than residents.

Southern HealthCare Management, which operates 26 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities across Florida, first offered $25 gift cards to persuade workers to get vaccinated, said Thomas O’Neill, vice president of program development. A week ago, in a new “Second Chance At The Shot” campaign, the company also offered two hours of pay if workers got vaccinated on their own time. And it offered prizes of $1,000 to $3,000 to improve employee break rooms at the facilities that hit vaccination goals of at least 65%.