The New York Metropolis authorities has vowed to shell out $100 to any resident who receives a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot earlier than the top of the yr, unveiling yet one more money incentive program amid panic over the Omicron pressure.
Outgoing Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced the transfer throughout a Tuesday press convention, saying the cash-grab is a “limited-time alternative” and can be “by far the most important booster incentive program” created in america.
“We would like everybody, proper now, as shortly as attainable, to get these boosters. And we will make it even higher for you with a brand new incentive and an incentive that’s right here simply in time for the vacations,” the mayor mentioned, including that the rewards can be provided at any city-run vaccination website and sure partnered areas.
“As of at the moment, we’re saying a $100 incentive for everybody who goes out and will get a booster right here in New York Metropolis, between now and the top of the yr.”
The brand new program mirrors a related initiative unveiled earlier this yr, through which officers additionally provided $100 to residents who obtained their very first vaccine dose, although the prior try didn’t seem to have a serious impact on immunization charges within the metropolis.
In rolling out the money supply, de Blasio and different metropolis officers spoke in dire phrases in regards to the Covid-19 Omicron pressure – the most recent ‘variant of concern’ recognized by the World Well being Group – citing it by title at least 16 occasions throughout Thursday’s press occasion.
Regardless of the alarm, New York Metropolis – as soon as a world hotspot for the virus – has seen a dramatic discount in coronavirus fatalities and hospitalizations over the previous yr, even amid a spike in new infections. As of Monday, the Large Apple reported a mean of 14 deaths per week, considerably decrease than its peak of greater than 800 in April 2020, whereas de Blasio himself famous the town’s hospital system is presently “doing very, very properly.” These extra promising figures have carried out little to sway the grave warnings from metropolis and state officers, nonetheless, as they proceed to sound alarms over the Omicron mutation.