Starting this Friday, the city of New York will offer those who are vaccinated against covid-19 in a municipal center a 100 dollar incentive, as announced this Wednesday by the mayor, Bill de Blasio.
The measure seeks to give a new push to the immunization campaign in the Big Apple, which right now is close to 10 million doses administered, but in recent weeks has seen how the puncture rate was slowing down.
According to the most recent official data, a 54.4% of the population of New York (about 8.3 million people) are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, a percentage that rises to 65.5% if only adults are taken into account.
De Blasio, in a press conference, insisted that vaccination is the the only way to guarantee the recovery of the city and defended the importance of this type of economic incentives to encourage all citizens.
“In the vaccination centers managed by the city, when you take the first dose you will receive 100 dollars “, highlighted the mayor when announcing this program, which will start on Friday.
Mandatory for municipal employees
In recent days, New York and other localities and states have also begun to issue orders for municipal employees to be vaccinated or, if they refuse, for weekly testing of covid-19 in the face of the advance of the Delta variant, which is causing infections to rise again with force.
New York has previously offered numerous incentives of various kinds to boost vaccinations, including from $ 5 million prize drawings to hamburgers and free fries.
The delivery of cash is also not new in the United States, as it has been used by other cities to boost their vaccination campaigns, especially as a result of the slowdown that has been seen in recent months, once the people most interested in protecting themselves had already received the punctures.