Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort offering workers up to $300 to get COVID-19 vaccine

Mississippi’s Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort offering workers up to $300 to get COVID-19 vaccine

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in Mississippi is encouraging its employees to get COVID-19 vaccine, and the resort is offering them up to $300 if they get vaccinated against the potentially-lethal infection.

The Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, located in the city of D'Iberville in Harrison County, immediately north of Biloxi in Mississippi, confirmed that that its workers will receive $150 per shot of the COVID-19 vaccine they receive. That is $150 total for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine and $300 for those who will receive vaccine prepared by Moderna or Pfizer.

LuAnn Pappas, chief executive if the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, said, “Employees will be compensated for shots that have already been taken. We want to mitigate the impact COVID-19 has had on the hospitality industry.”

She stressed that employees of the Scarlet Pearl won’t have to go far to get vaccinated against the deadly infection as the resort has partnered with Gulfport’s Memorial Hospital for providing on-site vaccinations at the gaming property. The top executive stressed again to claim that all of the casino resort’s directors have already received vaccines as the company has declared that managers and above must become vaccinated. 

While government officials and political leaders have repeatedly urged people to get COVID-19 vaccine, claiming that it is totally safe and effective, many people remain hesitant to go for it. However, experts are of the view that employer can simply force their workers to get the vaccine.

Even prior to the 2009’s swine flu pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) had allowed authorities and businesses to conduct mandatory vaccination programs. For instance, hepatitis vaccination in the wastewater treatment industry was made mandatory. Supports of mandatory vaccination say that businesses have all the rights to protect their workplaces.

The US Center for Disease Control & Prevention has warned that there is high risk of spreading of the deadly infection when casino and gaming operations will be opened at full capacity. Thus, it is very essential to encourage all workers to get vaccinated before that. It may be noted here that state authorities continue to ease restrictions on casino operations.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, Mississippi has recorded nearly 300,000 positive cases of the infection, including 6,864 deaths. 

Owned by D’Iberville West Development LLC, the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort has a massive 60,000-square-foot gaming floor equipped with more than 700 slot machines, 30 table games, and a state-of-the-art sportsbook.