Biden administration wants states and local governments to grant $ 100 to “every newly vaccinated American,” the Treasury Department said today’s statement. It is the latest federal effort to improve vaccination levels as COVID-19 continues to grow across the country, driven by a highly contagious Delta variant.
States could use the fee for American Rescue Plan funding. The administration does not dictate incentive, but the Ministry of Finance announced that it would work with the Ministry of Health and Personnel to help governments implement it.
New York City announced this week that it would give $ 100 to anyone who got a shot at one of the city-run vaccination sites. “I think when someone says there’s $ 100 here for you, it has a big impact,” Mayor Bill De Blasio said on Wednesday. The program begins on Friday.
Financial incentives can help hasten some people to shoot, Elisa Sobo, an anthropologist at San Diego State University who studies vaccine hesitation, said New York Times. “Some people who have been on the fence so far see $ 100 as a good reason to get out of it.” But that is not an incentive for everyone. Some people find the offer offensive; others use it as “evidence” that the vaccine is not good. “
The number of vaccinations in the United States had fallen steadily since April. They have slowly begun to shrink again as people in countries with large outbreaks – with the lowest vaccination rates – sign up for shots.
Biden is also expected to indicate the vaccination task for federal workers today.