New Yorkers who will receive their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine at any city-run site will be paid $100 starting Friday, one day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all city workers would have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-September or face weekly testing, Forbes notes.
Cuomo also said that all health care workers in New York’s state-run hospitals, including facilities run by the State University of New York, must get vaccinated against Covid-19 since there will be no testing option for them.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s city government is the latest to offer a cash incentive for vaccination, adding it to the array of previously offered incentives including subway Metrocards, memberships for cultural attractions and a $2,500 cash prize.
De Blasio still resists calls for a new mask mandate, emphasizing that vaccination is the tool to stop the spread of Covid-19. The New York City health department informed that 66 percent of adult New Yorkers are fully vaccinated while 71 percent have received at least one dose.