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Biden calls on states to offer $100 vaccine incentives
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President Biden on Thursday called on state and local governments to use funds from his $1.9 trillion Amer- ican Rescue Plan to offer $100 payments to individu-
als in order to incentivize coronavirus vaccinations.
The payments would be offered to newly vaccinated
Americans to provide "an extra incentive to boost vaccination rates, protect communities, and save lives," the Treasury Department said in an announce- ment Thursday afternoon.
"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 said.
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The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law, which Biden signed in March, included $350 billion in funding to assist state, territorial and local governments in bat- ling the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Treasury Department clarified in May that gov- ernments that receive funds could use them for vac- cine incentive programs. Several states and private businesses have already offered vaccine incentives in the form of lotteries and free food and other goods.
The announcement represents the latest strategy by the Biden administration to incentivize vaccines amid the spread of the more contagious delta variant.
Almost 70 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but vaccina- tion rates have leveled off in recent weeks, and the percentage of people who are vaccinated in some
areas of the country remains low.
Biden will deliver remarks Thursday afternoon on his vaccination strategy and the status of the country's fight against the virus. He is expected to announce that the federal government will mandate that its em- ployees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to frequent testing.
"He will send a strong message to all Americans, un- vaccinated and vaccinated, about the need to stay vi- gilant in our fight against the virus and he'll make clear that his administration will continue to provide every resource needed to help communities and indi- viduals across the country to curb the spread of the delta variant and boost vaccinations,' White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday afternoon.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention recommended that even vaccinated
Americans wear face masks indoors in areas of high transmission of COVID-19, citing new evidence that vaccinated people can spread the delta variant.
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THE HILL < Biden calls on states to offer $100 vaccine incentives THE AMERICAN Morgan Chalfant PLAN Learn more President Biden on Thursday called on state and local governments to use funds from his $1.9 trillion Amer- ican Rescue Plan to offer $100 payments to individu- als in order to incentivize coronavirus vaccinations. The payments would be offered to newly vaccinated Americans to provide "an extra incentive to boost vaccination rates, protect communities, and save lives," the Treasury Department said in an announce- ment Thursday afternoon. "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 said. uscellular SAY YES TO GETTING UP TO $1200 OFF ANY PHONE. No required trade-in. No activation fee. SAMSUNG Golaxy Shop Now > The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law, which Biden signed in March, included $350 billion in funding to assist state, territorial and local governments in bat- ling the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The Treasury Department clarified in May that gov- ernments that receive funds could use them for vac- cine incentive programs. Several states and private businesses have already offered vaccine incentives in the form of lotteries and free food and other goods. The announcement represents the latest strategy by the Biden administration to incentivize vaccines amid the spread of the more contagious delta variant. Almost 70 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but vaccina- tion rates have leveled off in recent weeks, and the percentage of people who are vaccinated in some areas of the country remains low. Biden will deliver remarks Thursday afternoon on his vaccination strategy and the status of the country's fight against the virus. He is expected to announce that the federal government will mandate that its em- ployees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to frequent testing. "He will send a strong message to all Americans, un- vaccinated and vaccinated, about the need to stay vi- gilant in our fight against the virus and he'll make clear that his administration will continue to provide every resource needed to help communities and indi- viduals across the country to curb the spread of the delta variant and boost vaccinations,' White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday afternoon. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that even vaccinated Americans wear face masks indoors in areas of high transmission of COVID-19, citing new evidence that vaccinated people can spread the delta variant.