Covid-19: New York pays $500 for vaccine recipients

Covid-19: New York pays $500 for vaccine recipients

This Wednesday (28), New York City announced that anyone receiving the first dose of the vaccine could receive US$100. COVID-19. The incentive, equivalent to R$ 517 in the current conversion, will begin to be valid from this Friday (30).

according to the data of Citywide Vaccination RegistryAbout 41% of New York residents have not yet been vaccinated. So far, only 59.2% of residents have received at least the first dose of an immunizing agent.

action. amidst the growing spread of delta version in country. This Tuesday (27), the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks in areas with “substantial or high transmission” of the virus.

All five New York City counties have “substantial” levels of community transmission, according to the health agency’s map. Thus, the new recommendations apply to the municipality as well.

Last Monday (26), Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city’s public service workers should receive the vaccine by September 13. If it doesn’t, the employees will have to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

Economists believe the financial stimulus could push up the number of vaccines.Source: Samantha Lee/Business Insider

Experts approve the incentive

US economists defend the idea of ​​a fiscal stimulus to combat vaccine hesitation. Some experts have suggested a bonus of around US$1,000 – R$5,170 in the current conversion.

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“If we don’t somehow find true immunity, our economy will be operating with a heavy load on its chest,” said Robert Litton, senior fellow economist at the Brooking Institution and a Bill Clinton administration aide.

About the author: Muhammad Wayne

Wayne is a reporter who covers everything from oil trading to China's biggest conglomerates and technology companies. Originally from Chicago, he is a graduate of New York University's business and economic reporting program.

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