In Texas, San Antonio officials announced that parents and guardians who help their children get vaccinated at a public health clinic may claim a $100 gift card for H-E-B grocery stores. In neighboring Louisiana, officials said the 5-11 age group could soon also claim $100.
In Minnesota, officials launched the “Kids Deserve a Shot” program intended to bolster vaccine numbers among those ages 12 to 17 by offering a $200 visa card as well as the opportunity to enter a raffle for a $100,000 college scholarship or a Minnesota experience prize package.
In New York City, children can claim $100 if they get their first dose of Pfizer’s vaccine at city-operated vaccine sites. Instead of cash, children can also get tickets to city attractions such as the Statue of Liberty or the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team. The incentive program was already available to other New Yorkers who got vaccinated.
“We really want kids to take advantage, families take advantage of that,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “Everyone could use a little more money around the holidays. But, most importantly, we want our kids and our families to be safe.”