New York City will begin paying $100 each to a resident who receives their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. To stimulate a vaccination campaign with money will begin the next Friday, July 30. Such a decision was made against the background of the growing number of infections вЂ” in two weeks the figure will almost double вЂ” and to meet the target for vaccination.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about the innovation during a regular briefing, Bloomberg reported. The city has reported 929 cases of the coronavirus in the past seven days. This is almost twice as many as a weeks вЂ” then 489 infected people were detected in New York City. The number of hospitalizations also rose from 59 to 108 cases.
In addition to the increase in infections and hospitalizations, the rate of vaccinations in New York City is declining. The city wanted to immunize 5 million of its 8.5 million residents by June but missed the target. Now 54% of the population there has been vaccinated.
Earlier, the authorities of the states of New York and California decided to introduce mandatory vaccination of officials, wrote Reuters. Bill de Blasio asserted that over 300,000 employees of city services of New York should make shots before September 13. Otherwise, they will be obliged to pass weekly tests for coronavirus. Similar rules have been imposed in California, where about 246,000 people will be affected by the mandatory vaccination.
In May, a similar cash incentive was invented by the authorities of the American state of Ohio, which decided to raffle off $5 million among those who received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The governor then promised to divide the prize into five parts.