West Virginia will give $100 financial savings bonds to 16- to 35-year-olds who get a Covid-19 vaccine, Gov. Jim Justice stated on Monday.
There are roughly 380,000 West Virginians in that age group, lots of whom have already gotten not less than one shot, however Mr. Justice stated 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, stated at a information convention, including that he had “vetted this each method that we probably can” to make sure that the unconventional use of the funds was allowed.
The bonds will likely be even be obtainable to anybody in that age group who has already been vaccinated, Mr. Justice stated.
West Virginia has the sixteenth highest charge of recent coronavirus instances per individual amongst U.S. states and ranks twelfth in hospitalizations, in accordance with a New York Occasions database.
Mr. Justice stated 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 demise toll and the physique luggage begin to completely change into minimal.”
Earlier this yr, firstly 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 another state; it was additionally behind solely Alaska for the p.c of its residents that had obtained 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 accordance with a New York Occasions database monitoring vaccines.
Mr. Justice stated that younger West Virginians might “at all times stand an additional dose of patriotism.” He urged them to “settle for that great financial savings bond” — which is able to permit the recipient to retrieve the $100, plus curiosity, at a later date — including, “I hope that you simply hold it for an extended, lengthy, very long time.”