West Virginia will give $100 financial savings bonds to 16- to 35-year-olds who get a Covid-19 vaccine, Gov. Jim Justice mentioned on Monday.
There are roughly 380,000 West Virginians in that age group, a lot of whom have already gotten at the least one shot, however Mr. Justice mentioned he hoped the cash would encourage the remainder to get inoculated, as “they’re not taking the vaccines as quick as we’d like them to take them.”
The state will use federal funds from the CARES Act to pay for the bonds, Mr. Justice, a Republican, said at a information convention, including that he had “vetted this each means that we probably can” to make sure that the unconventional use of the funds was allowed.
The bonds will probably be even be accessible to anybody in that age group who has already been vaccinated, Mr. Justice mentioned.
West Virginia has the sixteenth highest charge of latest coronavirus instances per individual amongst U.S. states and ranks twelfth in hospitalizations, in line with a New York Times database.
Mr. Justice mentioned the state wanted to cease the virus “lifeless in its tracks,” and that if it did, “these masks go away, the hospitalizations go away, the dying toll and the physique baggage begin to completely turn out to be minimal.”
Earlier this yr, initially of the nation’s vaccination effort, West Virginia had stood out for its success in vaccinating its residents. At one level, it had administered second doses to extra of its inhabitants than every other state; it was additionally behind solely Alaska for the p.c of its residents that had acquired a primary dose.
However now West Virginia is fallen behind, forward of solely 9 states for the portion of its residents which have had a primary dose, in line with a New York Times database tracking vaccines.
Mr. Justice mentioned that younger West Virginians might “all the time stand an additional dose of patriotism.” He urged them to “settle for that great financial savings bond” — which can enable the recipient to retrieve the $100, plus curiosity, at a later date — including, “I hope that you just preserve it for an extended, lengthy, very long time.”