New York City to give its residents $100 to get Convid 19 vaccination, starting this Friday
Starting this Friday, July 30, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is offering a free $100 incentive to everybody who gets their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a city-run vaccination station.
The mayor made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday. “It doesn’t get any better,” de Blasio added.
The news comes only days after the mayor announced that all city employees will be required to be vaccinated or subjected to severe weekly testing measures.
Beginning Friday, city residents and employees who make an appointment at city-run vaccination clinics will receive a financial reward.
At the press briefing, an official stated that first-time shot takers will receive either a pre-paid debit card in the mail or a digital card through email.
“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 said.
When he was questioned about those who have already been 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 said.
“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.”
In the city, more than 9 million doses of the vaccine have been administered.
Over 59 percent of the city’s population has had at least one Covid-19 shot, according to the mayor, but that isn’t enough.
“That misinformation, that fear has hurt,” he said. “And what’s in all of our interest is to get every single additional person vaccinated.”
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