New York will pay $ 100 to those vaccinated against COVID-19 starting this Friday.
The measure seeks to give a new impetus to the immunization campaign in the city, which is close to 10 million doses administered but which in recent weeks has seen the pace decrease.
Starting Friday, New York City will offer those vaccinated against COVID-19 at a municipal center a $ 100 incentive, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.
New York has offered numerous incentives of various kinds to boost vaccinations, including everything from $ 5 million prize drawings to free hamburgers and fries..
The measure seeks to give a new boost to the immunization campaign in the Big Apple, which right now is close to 10 million doses administered, but which in recent weeks has seen the pace decrease.
According to the most recent official data, 54.4% of the population of New York (about 8.3 million people) is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. This percentage rises to 65.5% if only one considers adults.
the mayor stressed when announcing this program, which will start on Friday.
In a press conference, De Blasio insisted that vaccination is the only way to guarantee the recovery of the city and defended the importance of this type of economic incentive to encourage all citizens.
"In the vaccination centers run by the city, when you take the first dose (...) you will receive $ 100, " the mayor stressed when announcing this program, which will start on Friday.
New York has offered numerous incentives of various kinds to boost vaccinations, including everything from $ 5 million prize drawings to free hamburgers and fries.
The delivery of cash is not new in the United States either, since other cities have used it to promote their vaccination campaigns, especially as a result of the slowdown that has been seen in recent months, once the people most interested in protecting themselves they had already received their doses.
In recent days, New York and other localities and states have also begun to enact orders for municipal employees to be vaccinated or, if they refuse, undergo weekly tests for covid-19 before the advance of the Delta variant, causing infections to rise again with force.