Full-time workers at private and non-private hospitals in Puerto Rico will obtain a brand new incentive of $600, the governor introduced Thursday Peter Pierluisi as a part of the measures prolonged or decreed at present to cease the rebound of the COVID-19 and its influence on the well being system.
This new help can be disbursed to each full-time workers and contractors who meet minimal hours labored.
“The eligible personnel, whether employees or contractors, will be those who are working in person and who have had a maximum income of $55,000 during the 2021 calendar year,” Pierluisi stated at a press convention with the Secretary of the Department of Health, Carlos Mellado.
The president indicated that the individuals who obtain the help can be required to proceed working of their respective establishments for not less than three months after receiving the disbursement.
“The Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF) will begin the process of receiving applications directly from hospitals in the coming days and payments will be made at the end of this month and at the beginning of February,” he stated.
Similarly, it was reported that the $600 incentive can be offered, below the identical circumstances, to all personnel of the monitoring system, each state and municipal.
Pierluisi maintained that the work of well being personnel in hospitals needs to be acknowledged, “who have not stopped their work since the coronavirus arrived on the island in March 2020. To support them in their effort, we have identified funds to be able to reward each one of these workers and in this way assist them financially”.
The governor clarified that this assistance is not a premiumpay and that it is a different program with funds from the Rescue Plan.
The announcement comes at a time when a record number of 905 hospitalizations for the coronavirus are reported and 25 new deaths. Meanwhile, the country maintains a positivity rate of 36.1%.
Health professionals have expressed concern about the impact of the large number of hospitalizations on medical and nursing personnel due to the coronavirus, especially two years after a pandemic that has left them exhausted, on the one hand, and on the other, given the risk of contagion that this supposes for the sector.