West Virginia will give $100 financial savings bonds to 16- to 35-year-olds who get a Covid-19 vaccine, Gov. Jim Justice mentioned on Monday.
There are roughly 380,000 West Virginians in that age group, lots of whom have already gotten at the least one shot, however Mr. Justice mentioned he hoped the cash would encourage the remaining 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, said at a information convention, including that he had “vetted this each means that we probably can” to make sure that the unconventional use of the funds was allowed.
The bonds can be even be accessible to anybody in that age group who has already been vaccinated, Mr. Justice mentioned.
West Virginia has the sixteenth highest price of latest coronavirus instances per particular person amongst U.S. states and ranks twelfth in hospitalizations, in keeping with a New York Times database.
Mr. Justice mentioned 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 dying toll and the physique baggage begin to completely grow to be minimal.”
Earlier this yr, in the beginning 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 acquired 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 keeping with a New York Times database tracking vaccines.
Mr. Justice mentioned that younger West Virginians might “all the time stand an additional dose of patriotism.” He urged them to “settle for that fantastic financial savings bond” — which is able to enable the recipient to retrieve the $100, plus curiosity, at a later date — including, “I hope that you simply maintain it for an extended, lengthy, very long time.”