New York City officials will soon hand children $100 if they go and get vaccinated, with Mayor Bill de Blasio commenting that the cash incentive “buys a whole lot of candy”. The policy will begin next week when vaccines will be administered in the city’s primary schools. The Telegraph has the story.
It marks an expansion of a previous policy enacted in July, when New York began offering a $100 reward to adults after the number of people wanting jabs began to slow.
“Good news, kids are eligible for the $100 vaccine incentive”, Mayor Bill de Blasio told a press conference on Thursday.
“So, we really want kids [and] families [to] take advantage of that. Everyone could use a little more money around the holidays. But, most importantly, we want our kids and our families to be safe”.
Officials hope the cash reward will encourage children to get vaccinated quickly ahead of the upcoming holiday season when infections are expected to spike.
America’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month cleared the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine to children ages five to 11 years-old. The decision makes as many as 28 million children in America eligible to get vaccinated.
Separately, it was disclosed that thousands of American spies and intelligence officers could soon face dismissal for failing to comply with their Government’s vaccination deadline.
President Joe Biden has issued a string of vaccine mandates telling federal employees, contractors and health care workers that they must get vaccinated.
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