In an effort to bolster vaccination rates, President Joe Biden has proposed giving Americans cash.
“Today, the President is calling on state, territorial, and local governments to provide $100 payments for every newly vaccinated American, as an extra incentive to boost vaccination rates, protect communities, and save lives,” the US Department of Treasury said in a statement.
“Treasury stands ready to give technical assistance to state and local governments so that they may use the funds effectively to support increased vaccination in their communities.”
Earlier this week, the CDC reimposed an indoor mask guidance, especially for people in areas where transmission rates are high. The Delta variant has causes surges in new COVID-19 cases across the country, as vaccination rates grow stagnant and hospitalizations increase.
Around 49.4% of the total US population has been fully vaccinated, or 164 million people, according to data from the CDC.
The agency also reported that nearly all of the COVID-19-related deaths have been among those who are unvaccinated.
The $100 cash payment is just one of several incentives officials have proposed to get more shots in arms. Colorado residents can get $100 Walmart gift cards for getting their doses at designated locations across the state. Ohio started a one million dollar lottery to encourage vaccines. College scholarships have also been used to get more young people between the ages of 12 and 17 to get vaccinated.
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