Mayor Adams announces $100 incentive for first doses and boosters of COVID-19

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February 11, 2022

$100 incentive available at city-run and SOMOS vaccination sites through end of February

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced today that starting tomorrow, Feb. 12, the city will reopen the $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive for New Yorkers who get a shot. thumb on a site managed by the city or SOMOS until the end of the month. New Yorkers who receive their first dose at a city-run site will also continue to be eligible for a $100 incentive through the end of February. The incentive is being made as part of an ongoing effort to get New York residents vaccinated and stimulated.

“New Yorkers have done a wonderful job getting vaccinated, but I know we can do more,” said Mayor Adams. “The more of us who are protected against COVID-19, the faster we can get through this pandemic. To anyone thinking of getting vaccinated or vaccinated, now is the time! Protect yourself and those around you and earn money while you’re at it. I also encourage New Yorkers to think about how to spend their $100 to buy from our small businesses. They have kept New York running through the pandemic and are the backbone of so many communities.

Since the incentive program launched in July 2021, the percentage of all New Yorkers who have received at least one dose has increased by 25%, with more than 800,000 preloaded gift cards distributed to New Yorkers. Already, 77% of the incentives handed out have gone to New Yorkers of color and tens of millions of dollars have been reinvested in local businesses and spent on groceries, restaurants, bodegas and transportation.

First doses and booster doses will be eligible for the $100 incentive through February 28, and prepaid cards will be redeemable through March 31. In addition, the city retains the ability to quickly relaunch these initiatives when needed.

“Each vaccine brings us a little closer to the other side of this pandemic,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Social Services Anne Williams-Isom. “The Vaccine Incentive Program has encouraged more than 800,000 New Yorkers to prioritize getting their COVID-19 vaccine, and thereby protect their health, the health of their families and school communities. We urge all New Yorkers to do their part and get vaccinated and boosted. »

“Vaccination has been the main driver of economic recovery after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, more than 800,000 preloaded debit cards have been distributed to New Yorkers, who in turn have spent tens of millions of dollars within their local communities,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer. “I am grateful to all New Yorkers who protected themselves by getting vaccinated and then supported the vital small businesses that kept this city running.”

“Vaccination remains the best tool we have to prevent suffering from COVID-19,” said Health Commissioner, Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. “New Yorkers, if you haven’t had your first dose or booster dose yet, there’s no better time than now!”

“With over 75% of New Yorkers fully immunized, people have proven that they will do what it takes to protect themselves, their families and their communities,” said Senior Public Health Adviser and Incoming Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan. “We must continue our efforts to get everyone vaccinated, because it is our best tool to bring us closer to the end of this pandemic. The vaccine incentive program is crucial in this fight. Get vaccinated and boost yourself, New York, we’re counting on you!

“Vaccines provide lifesaving protection against COVID-19 and the surest path to the end of the pandemic,” said Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals and Executive Director of the NYC Test & Trace Corps, Dr. Ted Long. “For anyone who has not received their first dose or their booster if they are eligible, now is the time to get vaccinated to protect your family and your community. Visit VAX4NYC.nyc.gov to find a site near you or get vaccinated with us. If we all get vaccinated, we will win the fight against COVID-19. »

“NYCEDC is proud to administer the vaccine incentive program on behalf of the city. Schoolchildren and adults are now being vaccinated because they took advantage of the $100 program,” said Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Rachel Loeb. “Not only have New Yorkers benefited from the life-saving vaccine, but also from the economic boost their spending has had at local stores, restaurants and bodegas.”

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