With more contagious strains of the virus taking hold in the United States, public health officials have raised concerns about those who refuse to get vaccinated. In response, they’ve turned to a variety of incentives to nudge people to get shots.
In neighboring West Virginia, for example, where the median age of newly infected patients has dropped to 34 years old, Gov. Jim Justice recently announced a program to give $100 savings bonds to residents aged 16-35 who get vaccinated. West Virginia is using money from the federal CARES Act to pay for the savings bonds.
In Detroit, residents who sign up for a program called Good Neighbors can receive $50 prepaid debit cards each time they take people to certain vaccine appointments.
And in New Jersey, those who are vaccinated can get a free beer at one of a dozen breweries participating in the state’s “shot and a beer” promotion.
Some private employers are offering incentives, too, including extra time off or payments to cover the cost of rides to vaccine appointments.
Live! Casino & Hotel at Arundel Mills in Hanover, Maryland, is offering $100 payments to workers who already are fully vaccinated or get vaccinated by June 25.
Under the federal American Rescue Plan, companies with fewer than 500 employees can get a tax credit for providing paid sick leave to workers so they can get the shots.
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