Millions of Americans don’t get COVID-19 vaccine There may soon be a new reason to roll up your sleeves: money in your pocket.
President Joe Biden is Call on state and local governments Join those who have already distributed dollars for the lens. New York, the largest city in the United States, will start giving out a $100 bonus from Friday.
The president, health officials and state leaders are betting that as highly infectious delta variants sweep parts of the country—especially those with low vaccination rates—and the number of vaccinations each day, fiscal incentives will stimulate hesitation. People who are determined to be vaccinated. It fell sharply from the April high.
Jay Vojno received the injection in New York on Friday. He said that he thinks some kind of incentive is coming, so he is willing to postpone the vaccination until it appears.
“I knew they would do this, so I just waited,” he said.
Bradley Sharp was one of the people filming in Times Square on Friday. The soon-to-be college student has been delaying vaccination, but he knows that he must be vaccinated because the school he will attend needs to be vaccinated.
“I thought I would come here today to take it and take my one hundred dollars, because I will get it anyway,” Sharp said.
Other states have also started distributing funds. The State of New Mexico helped create a cash incentive in June and began to issue an additional $100 in vaccination fees on Monday. Ohio provides $100 to state employees who are vaccinated.
The $100 award in Minnesota started on Friday, although a few people showed up in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has not heard of the money for a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Vidiya Sami, an office worker from Richfield, a suburb of Minneapolis, went to the airport because it was the only place where a “disposable” vaccine was provided.
“That’s why I chose it,” Sammy said.
She said that she delayed the injection because she was scared at first, “especially reading…side effects from other people.”
“Then I joined a Facebook group and read other people’s symptoms after they got the shot, making myself more paranoid,” she said. “I basically just make myself anxious, but the more I study it, you know, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.”
Incentives are not new: states have tried lottery-like gifts, free beer, gift cards, etc. Harald Schmidt, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a research assistant at the school’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, said whether they will lead to more people being vaccinated is unclear.
He said the shift to such measures shows that governments are facing a certain degree of despair in trying to put bullets into weapons.
“It’s right to be shocked,” Schmidt said. “It’s right to think about how we can correct this ship.” He added that he understands the motivation for cash incentives, but first questioned why they are needed.
He said: “If we are just tit-for-tat, we have not really made any progress on the larger picture, that is, the entire community lacks trust in the healthcare system or the government.”
California awarded $116.5 million in gift cards and prizes-the nation’s largest vaccine prize. The goal of this expenditure is to vaccinate 70% of eligible people by June 15. However, as of Thursday, 62.5% of Californians 12 years of age or older have been fully vaccinated.
In Colorado, Democratic Governor Jared Polis insisted that a series of awards, including five US$1 million awards and 25 US$50,000 college scholarships, are essential to vaccination activities. The state health department sent text messages to unvaccinated residents living near the scheduled clinic to remind them of the $100 Wal-Mart gift card reward. The state stated that since the plan was announced on July 21, clinic visits have increased by 40%.
The Biden administration is betting that incentives will work. In a statement this week, the White House cited a grocery chain that offered its employees $100 to get COVID-19 and then saw the vaccination rate climb.
The statement stated that state and local governments can use the federal U.S. rescue plan to provide $100 in relief funds.
The description of the delta variant has been edited for clarity.
Associated Press writer Steve Kanowski in Minneapolis; David Martin in New York; Morgan Lee in Santa Fe, New Mexico; James Anderson in Denver; Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco and Ohio Andrew Welsh-Huggins of Columbus contributed to this report.