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Defeat Delta: Mayor de Blasio Announces 50,000 New Yorkers Have Received the $100 Vaccine Incentive

August 12, 2021

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NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced 50,000 New Yorkers have received the $100 vaccine incentive available at City-run vaccine sites. A majority of the $100 cards have gone to New Yorkers of color.

"Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is easy, safe, and even comes with a bonus $100 at City-run sites," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "I'm thrilled 50,000 New Yorkers have taken advantage of this incentive so far. This is clearly a smart, effective way to drive up vaccination rates. It’s proof that more cities and states across the country should follow President Biden’s urging to adopt New York City’s $100 incentive.”

According to data at City-run vaccination sites, of the 50,000 people who have received the $100 incentive, 43% self-identified as Hispanic, 21% as Black, 13% as Asian, 9% as White, 5% as other and 7% preferred not to say. In addition, 23% of those who selected to receive $100 are under 18, 36% are 18-34, 38% are 35-64, 3% are 65-74 and 1% are over 75.

“We’re excited to see the positive outcomes our City’s $100 incentive for first shots is having on our vaccination rates,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Melanie Hartzog. “Regardless of the motive, the ultimate reward is protecting themselves and their loved ones from the threats of COVID-19 and its Delta variant.”

“One hundred bucks is great, but the real reward is protection against COVID-19 and more safely returning to the things we love,” said First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer Dr. Torian Easterling. "I encourage all New Yorkers to continue to take advantage of this incentive and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination is our path out of this pandemic, and it saves lives."  

“As a physician, I’m pleased to see more and more New Yorkers get their COVID-19 vaccine, which is still proven to be the safest defense against serious illness against this terrible virus,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz. “Whether it’s after a thoughtful conversation with your doctor, or to cash in on the great incentive our City is providing, the advice to get you and your family vaccinated will remain the same.”


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