RSIC’s ARP COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Incentive Program

American Rescue Plan
COVID VACCINE AND BOOSTER
INCENTIVE PROGRAM


The Reno Sparks Indian Colony prioritizes the health and safety of the RSIC Tribal membership in the fight against Covid-19. As we continue to mitigate through the ongoing public health emergency, it is imperative to get vaccinated and boosted as a proactive measure to protect our Tribal Community from severe illness and/or death.

As an effort to encourage our members to protect themselves against this virus, the RSIC Tribal Council authorizes a Covid Vaccine and Booster Incentive Program for all eligible RSIC Members, living on or off the reservation. The Covid Vaccination and Booster Incentive program is authorized, with criteria as set forth below, and will extend to December 31, 2022.

Two types of incentive payments are available to eligible individuals as follows:

  1. $1000 Vaccination Incentive Payment:
    A one-time $1000 Vaccination incentive payment will be available to RSIC enrolled tribal members both on and off the reservation who complete a full Covid vaccination series and provide proof of full vaccination. A complete Covid Vaccination series is defined by the CDC as one of the following options:
    • 1st and 2nd Moderna vaccination
    • 1st and 2nd Pfizer vaccination
    • 1st and 2nd vaccination mix of Moderna and Pfizer (one of each)
    • 1 vaccination of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

    Currently, the CDC has authorized Covid vaccinations for all individuals ages 5 years old and older. If the FDA and CDC approve a Covid vaccination for members 0-4 years old prior to the end of this Incentive program, they will also be eligible for the Covid vaccine incentive.

  2. $500 Vaccination Booster Incentive Payment:
    A $500 Covid Booster incentive payment available to RSIC enrolled tribal members, ages 12 years old and older, both on and off the reservation who complete a Covid Booster shot. This incentive requires applicants provide proof of a full Covid vaccination series and a Covid
    booster vaccine. This incentive payment is in addition to the incentive for full vaccination.

    Currently, the FDA and CDC have authorized Covid boosters for all individuals 12 years old and older. If the CDC approves a booster vaccination for members 0 to 11 years old prior to the end of this Incentive program, they will also be eligible for the Covid booster incentive.

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
    • Must be an enrolled RSIC Tribal Member living on or off the reservation and eligible for the Covid Vaccine and/or booster as approved by the FDA and CDC as follows:

    ✓ Must be an enrolled RSIC Tribal Member age 5 years and older who are fully vaccinated to receive the Covid Vaccine Incentive. (Members ages 0-4 years old may become eligible for the
    vaccination incentive once approved by the FDA and CDC)
    ✓ Must be an enrolled RSIC Tribal Member age 12 years old or older who are fully boosted to receive the Covid Booster Incentive. (Members 11 years old or younger may become eligible for the booster incentive once approved by the FDA and CDC).

    • Must submit proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC. Proof is considered to be a vaccination card, print out of the individuals WebIz file, other official State Immunization Record or a signed statement from a heath care professional indicating
    the location, dates, manufacturer and lot number of vaccines.

    • Must submit a completed Vaccination/Booster Incentive program application with correct enrollment number, physical and mailing address and telephone number. Parents are able to apply for eligible children.

    • Must complete and submit all documents by the deadline of December 31, 2022

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    • All eligible members may apply. This includes members who have completed their vaccination and/or booster prior to the start of the program, and members who complete their vaccination and/or booster no later than December 31, 2022.

    • Applications will be accepted immediately and through December 31, 2022.

    • All checks will be mailed, no exceptions.

    • Covid Vaccination and Booster Incentive applications must include proof of vaccination for all individuals listed on the application. Only completed Vaccinations and Covid Booster shots will be approved. If you have not completed the full vaccination series and/or Covid booster, please do not submit your application as it will be denied.

    PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL VACCINE CARD, IT WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

    • Completed applications and proof of Covid vaccination and/or Covid booster may be emailed to covidvaccine@rsic.org mailed or dropped in the Covid Incentive box located at the following:

    RSIC Tribal Administration
    Attn: Covid Incentive
    34 Reservation Rd
    Reno, NV 89502

    The drop box will be located in the front entrance of the Tribal Administration Office and will be
    checked daily at 4:00pm.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What do I have to do to get the $1000 vaccination incentive payment:
    • You must complete a full vaccination series to receive the first Covid Vaccine incentive payment of $1000. Options of vaccination choices are listed below. In addition, you must complete an application and submit proof of your vaccination (copy of your vaccination card etc.)
    • A complete vaccine series includes one of the following choices:
      • i. Pfizer – 2 doses (the second dose should be taken 28 days after the first dose)
      • ii. Moderna – 2 doses (the 2nd dose should be taken 21 days after the 1st dose)
      • iii. Johnson & Johnson- 1 dose
  1. What do I have to do to get the $500 Covid Booster Incentive payment:
    • You must complete a Covid booster to receive the Covid Booster incentive payment of $500. Booster doses are allowed as follows:
      • i. Pfizer – 12 years and older – Booster given 5 months after the 2nd vaccination dose
      • ii. Moderna – 18 years and older – Booster given 5 months after the 2nd Covid vaccination dose
      • iii. Johnson & Johnson – 18 and older – Booster is recommended for 1 dose of Pfizer or Moderna – 2 months after the J&J vaccine dose
  2. What if I got a Covid vaccine last year, am I eligible to apply for the Covid Vaccine Incentive?
    • All enrolled RSIC members who have completed a full Covid Vaccine series will be eligible for the $1000 incentive payment regardless of when the vaccine was received. Any eligible member who received a Covid vaccine prior to this policy, will be eligible to
      apply for the Covid vaccine and booster incentive payments. RSIC members are eligible to apply for vaccination and booster incentives through December 30, 2022.
  3. What if I completed a vaccine series, do I have to wait to take a booster before I can apply for the both incentives?
    • a. If you completed the Covid Vaccination series you can apply for the $1000 Covid Vaccine incentive and do not have to wait to complete the booster prior to applying for the first Covid Vaccine incentive. One you complete a Covid booster, you can reapply for the additional $500 Covid Booster Incentive as long as you receive the booster and submit your application before December 30, 2022.
  4. What happens if my child is not old enough to have a Covid vaccine?
    • a. Once the FDA and CDC approve Covid Vaccines for ages 0 to 4 years old, all children impacted under a new authorization to take the vaccine will automatically become eligible for the Covid Vaccination Incentive. The RSIC Tribal Administration office will notify the Tribal Community once new authorizations are approved by the FDA and CDC to expand vaccines to Children 0-4 years old.
  5. What happens if my child is not old enough to have a Covid Booster?
    • a. Once the FDA and CDC approve Covid Boosters for ages 0 to 11 years old, all children impacted under a new authorization to take the vaccine booster will automatically become eligible for the Covid Booster Incentive. The RSIC Tribal Administration office will notify the Tribal Community once new authorizations are approved by the FDA and CDC to expand Covid boosters to Children 0-11 years old.
  6. How long will it take to get my incentive payment?
    • a. Unlike the general ARPA distribution payment, all vaccination incentives will require verification and tracking for each eligible member and for each inventive. Therefore, we will work as quick as we can to get incentive payments completed within two weeks of submission, depending on demand.
  7. Can I pick up my incentive payment?
    • a. To deter the spread of the Covid-19 virus, all checks will be mailed, no exceptions.
  8. Where can I submit my application?
    • a. You can email your application and proof of vaccinations and boosters to covidincentive@rsic.org
    • b. Or you can mail or drop off your application at the following:
      1. RSIC Tribal Administration Office
        Attn: Covid Incentive Program
        34 Reservation Rd.
        Reno, NV 89502
    • c. A drop box will also be available at the entrance of the Tribal Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8am until 4pm each day.
  9. What happens if I lost my vaccination card?
    • a. You can obtain a copy of your Covid vaccination and booster by logging into the following site:
      https://webiz.nv.gov
      follow the prompt link provided to retrieve your immunization record. Print a copy of your record and submit it with your application
    • b. You can also obtain a signed statement from a heath care professional indicating the location, dates, manufacturer and lot number of vaccines and submit with your application.

Vaccine and Booster Timeline to complete your Vaccination Series

Schedule Your Appt at RSTHC Now – Vaccine Hotline 775-334-0444

Schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine at Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center! Vaccine Hotline: 775-334-0444.