New York City mayor Eric Adams is bringing back the $100 incentive to those who will have coronavirus shots in a bid to jack up the city’s plateauing vaccination rates.
Former Big Apple mayor Bill de Blasio started the $100 incentive during his term.
Adams revealed starting Saturday, New Yorkers who get either their first vaccine shot or a booster dose at vaccination sites operated by the city or the SOMOS community care network will receive a $100 bonus, issued via a pre-paid debit card.
“New Yorkers have done a tremendous job getting vaccinated, but I know we can do more,” Adams said.
“The more of us protected against COVID-19, the quicker we can get through this pandemic. To anyone thinking about getting vaccinated or boosted, now is the time! Protect yourself and those around you and make some money while you’re at it,” Adams added.
Sources said the $100 inoculation sweetener will be available through Feb. 28.
In a press statement, City Hall said the number of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose has surged by 25% since ex-Mayor de Blasio first unveiled the initiative in July 2021. That iteration of the incentive expired on Dec. 31.