New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has introduced a $100 incentive to anybody who goes to a city-run vaccination website for his or her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, beginning this Friday July 30.
“It does not get better than that,” Bill de Blasio said at a press conference on Wednesday.
The announcement comes simply days after the mayor stated all metropolis employees would have to be vaccinated or undergo strict weekly testing protocols.
Beginning Friday, the money reward will likely be handed out to metropolis residents and staff who make an appointment at city-run vaccination websites.
An official stated on the press convention that first-time shot takers will both be mailed a pre-paid debit card or be issued a digital one instantly by way of e-mail
“I personally believe that the guarantee that right then and there you’re going to be rewarded, I think that’s going to make a big difference to people,” the mayor stated.
When requested about these already vaccinated, de Blasio thanked them for doing “the right thing.”
“It was the right thing to do for yourself, for your family, for your community. You did the right thing and the reward is you were kept safe and you’re alive because of it,” he stated.
“But, we understand it’s been a huge amount of misinformation … particularly through social media getting anything but the truth. We got a lot we’ve got to overcome.”
More than 9 million doses of the vaccine have been administered within the metropolis.
The mayor stated over 59 p.c of the town’s inhabitants has obtained a minimum of one Covid-19 shot, however that is not sufficient.
“That misinformation, that fear has hurt,” he stated. “And what’s in all of our interest is to get every single additional person vaccinated.”