New York City Offers $100 Incentive to Get COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

New York City is offering a $100 incentive to anyone who gets their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron variant, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Dec. 21.

From Dec. 21 to Dec. 31, anyone who gets their booster shot at a city-run site, through an in-home vaccination program, or at sites with partner SOMOS will receive a $100 incentive.

“This will be by far the biggest booster incentive program in the United States of America and I want to see New Yorkers respond. This is the moment. Get those booster shots,” de Blasio said in his third COVID-19 briefing in three days.

The announcement came as Mayor-elect Eric Adams postponed his inauguration ceremony due to the rising cases of the Omicron variant.

The ceremony was set for Jan. 1 at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn.

“Health and safety must come first. We encourage all New Yorkers to get vaccinated, get boosted, and get tested. That is our pathway out of this pandemic, and we will come out of it together,” Adams said in a joint statement with Comptroller-elect Brad Lander and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

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