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US Government directs states to offer $100 ‘extra incentive’ to the vaccinated

*US President Joe Biden says though offering a new monetary incentive may seem unfair to Americans who have already got vaccinated, boosting vaccination rates will ultimately be of great benefit to consumers

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As a strategic action would help to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant in the country, United States (US) President Joe Biden is urging states to give newly vaccinated people $100 as “an extra incentive” to boost vaccination rates.

ConsumerConnect reports the Treasury Department in an announcement afternoon Thursday, July 29, 2021, said the action would help to limit the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The funds would be pulled from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, says agency report.

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The agency stated: “Treasury stands ready to give technical assistance to state and local governments so that they may use the funds effectively to support increased vaccination in their communities, and Treasury will partner with the Department of Health and Human Services throughout this effort.”

It was also gathered that currently, cases of the highly contagious Delta variant are surging, mainly in parts of the country with low vaccination rates.

In the US as a whole, just under half the population is fully vaccinated, and approximately 70 percent of Americans have got at least a vaccine shot, report said.

As consumers are dying from the devastating effect of the Delta variant, which spreads more aggressively than the original COVID-19 strain, the administration officials are striking a more urgent tone regarding the importance of vaccination.

Health officials, including foremost American scientist and infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, have described the current situation as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

“People are dying and will die who don’t have to die,” President Biden said at the White House Thursday.

Biden said offering a new monetary incentive may seem unfair to Americans who have already got inoculated, but boosting vaccination rates will ultimately be of great benefit to the public.

“I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks that have gotten vaccinated already but here’s the deal: if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them.

“We all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated,” stated the US President.

He, therefore, called for monetary motivation so as to advance vaccination rates comes the same week as the CDC’s new mask recommendations.

Earlier this week, the agency said fully vaccinated Americans in certain regions should start wearing masks in indoor spaces again, according to report.

Official data has shown that COVID-19 outbreaks are cropping up in areas with low vaccination rates, namely in southern and western regions.

Virus-related deaths have risen to around 2,000 per week, and new cases have surged to their highest level in three months.

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