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  • New Yorkers who get vaccinated at any city-run site will be paid $100 starting Friday.
  • “The key is vaccination. We can talk about so many other issues with COVID, but if we’re not talking about vaccination then we’re not talking about the solution,” de Blasio said.
  • The announcement comes just days after the mayor said all city workers would have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-September or face weekly testing.

New York City is offering residents $100 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the highly contagious delta variant spreads throughout the U.S., fueling a surge in new cases. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Wednesday announced the city will pay New Yorkers who get vaccinated at any city-run vaccination site starting Friday.  

“The key is vaccination. We can talk about so many other issues with COVID, but if we’re not talking about vaccination then we’re not talking about the solution,” de Blasio said during a news briefing

“You want a recovery? You need vaccination. Whatever it is, you want to enjoy life to the fullest? You need vaccination,” he said.


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“We’ll say ‘thank you,’ we’ll say ‘we’re really glad that you got vaccinated for yourself, for your family, for your community, and here’s your $100,’” he added. 

The announcement comes just days after the mayor said all city workers would have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-September or face weekly testing. 

De Blasio also announced that more than 9.9 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the city so far. Sixty-six percent of adults have been fully vaccinated and 71 percent have received at least one dose, according to the New York City health department


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Published on Jul 28, 2021