To encourage more people to get vaccinated President Joe Biden on Friday called on state and local governments to use the federal COVID-19 relief funds to give people $100 if they get a COVID-19 shot.
Biden said the $100 Stimulus Payments for those who avail of the vaccine is a good move.
Biden explained that this move will not only avoid the spread of the virus but also offers a little extra financial help as the public grapples with the Delta variant of the virus.
While Biden’s call is laudable, his administration has not released new funding for this initiative as he calls on local officials to use the funds they received from the federal government from past coronavirus relief legislation.
The president revealed latest studies have shown that around a third of unvaccinated Americans said that receiving a cash payment would spur them to action and convince them to get a shot.
He added that past programs giving financial incentives for vaccinations had been successful in numerous states, including Ohio, New Mexico, and Colorado.
“I know that paying people that get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who have gotten vaccinated already,” Biden said.
“But here’s the deal — if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them. We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated,” Biden added.