West Virginia will give $100 savings bonds to residents between 16 and 35 who get COVID-19 vaccinations, the New York Post reported.
The Republican governor Jim Justice announced the incentive measure Monday as a large share of the state’s eligible population have not received even one dose of the vaccine.
“We’re going to give a $100 savings bond to every single one that steps up and takes their vaccines,” Justice said at a Monday press briefing, according to WSAZ. Those young people who already received their vaccine will be paid retroactively.
Justice said he would like the state to vaccinate roughly 80 percent of residents between the ages of 16 to 35.
Last Friday, state officials urged young residents to get vaccinated, WOWK reported.
“We have doses available. Plenty of doses available to get to West Virginians,” said retired Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer, who is leading the state’s Joint Inter-Agency Vaccine Task Force.
As of late last week, about 40 percent of the state’s eligible population had still not received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to WOWK.