Who is subject to the vaccine surcharge?

All employees covered by the City’s health insurance must be fully vaccinated* or have an approved medical exemption (PDF) or approved religious exemption (PDF), or they will be subject to an ongoing monthly surcharge. 

Effective July 1, 2022, any employee hired before but not fully vaccinated by December 31, 2021, will be required to pay a $70 monthly surcharge for health insurance for the 2023 fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). 

Additionally, effective July 1, 2023, any employee who is not fully vaccinated by December 31, 2022, will be required to pay a $100 monthly surcharge for health insurance for the 2024 fiscal year (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024).

* The City of Durham has based (and until further notice, will continue to base) its definition of "fully vaccinated" on the CDC definition - see below:

Vaccine
What Counts as "Fully Vaccinated"?
Pfizer-BioNTech
2 weeks after second dose of the vaccine
Moderna
2 weeks after second dose of the vaccine
Johnson & Johnson's Janssen
2 weeks after single dose of the vaccine


However, if the CDC or City of Durham determines that booster shots are required for a person to be considered fully vaccinated, the City of Durham requirements may change. The City reserves the right to make changes to program requirements as necessary, and will provide those changes in writing.

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1. Am I required to report my vaccination status?
2. Am I required to report my booster status?
3. How do I report my vaccination or booster status?
4. Who is subject to the vaccine surcharge?
5. To avoid paying the monthly vaccine surcharge, I know I need to be "fully vaccinated." What does that mean?
6. Can I request an exemption from the vaccine surcharge?
7. How can I confirm that my vaccination or booster status has been verified by HR?
8. Is CoVerified HIPAA compliant?
9. If I already reported my vaccination or booster status through the Survey Monkey form, do I need to re-submit proof through CoVerified?
10. What should I do if I want to verify my vaccination or booster status but I’ve lost my vaccine card?