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Biden asks states to offer the unvaccinated US$100

Published:Friday | July 30, 2021 | 12:12 AM
President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden

WASHINGTON:

President Joe Biden is asking states and localities to offer unvaccinated residents US$100 to get their COVID-19 shots.

The cash reward for vaccination was one idea in Biden’s latest plan to boost lagging vaccination rates in many parts of the nation. Rolled out on Thursday, the core of his new plan is a requirement for federal workers to disclose their vaccination status to their agencies.

Biden is pointing to anecdotal evidence that a US$100 reward will get results. The White House said the Kroger grocery store chain tried it and saw vaccination rates jump to 75 per cent from 50 per cent among employees. New Mexico, Ohio and Colorado have also experimented with the idea.

Biden said states and localities can use money from his COVID relief law to pay for the incentive programmes.