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  • West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that his state will offer $100 savings bonds to residents between 16 and 35 who get COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • “They’re not taking vaccines as fast as we’d like them to take them,” Justice said. “If we really want to move the needle, we’ve got to get our younger people vaccinated.”
  • “Our kids today probably don’t really realize just how important they are in shutting this thing down,” Justice added.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. (R) announced Monday that his state will offer $100 savings bonds to residents between 16 and 35 who get COVID-19 vaccinations. 

"Every single one of our young people — we're going to give a $100 savings bond to every single one that steps up and takes their vaccines," Justice said, adding the vaccinating younger residents will move the state forward in its fight against COVID-19.

“They’re not taking vaccines as fast as we’d like them to take them,” Justice said. “If we really want to move the needle, we’ve got to get our younger people vaccinated.”


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The Republican governor plans to use emergency funding from the CARES Act to pay for the bonds. The CARES Act sent roughly $150 billion to state governments, which have until the end of 2021 to use the funding, CNN reported.

“Our kids today probably don’t really realize just how important they are in shutting this thing down,” Justice added. “I’m trying to come up with a way that’s truly going to motivate them – and us – to get over the hump.”

Justice said around 52 percent of West Virginia’s eligible adults have received at least one dose. If the state can vaccinate roughly 80 percent of residents between the ages of 16 to 35, the total number will pass 70 percent. 

“If we can get to 70%, we’ll shut this virus down,” Gov. Justice said. “If we do that, the masks go away, the hospitalizations go away, and the deaths become minimal.”

There have been more than 151,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,821 deaths in West Virginia, Johns Hopkins data shows


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Published on Apr 27, 2021