America has seen a huge surge in infectious and new COVID-19 variant cases in the past week and this has become a matter of concern as the new variant is spreading like wildfire across the country. The crowded and one of the populated cities in the world, New York, has already experienced the devastating phase of the virus one year ago and in order to not repeat the same, the New York City mayor is taking some serious and adventurous steps to curb the spread now.
In a new statement issued today, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio announced that New York will be offering 100 dollars to every citizen who will get their first dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus. This rule will come into effect from Friday and only if the citizens get vaccinated in the city-run vaccination centers.
This decision came after the country has seen a 32% hike in COVID-19 cases than the past week. Speaking about this pleasing offer that raised many eyebrows and brought in mixed opinions, the Mayor said, “I think when someone says 100 dollars for you, that’s going to make a big impact” and further explained, “The key here is vaccination. We can talk about so many other issues with Covid-19, but if we’re not talking about getting vaccinated against it, then we’re not talking about the solution.”
New York as of 28th July, already vaccinated 71% of the adults living in the city and almost 59% of them have received at least their first dose of the vaccine. But, these numbers, however, could not stop the rise in the cases and slowly the situation is getting complicated in New York City. The CDC has again issued severe guidelines and protocols to follow in the hope to curb the spread before it goes out of hand.
Following this pleasing offer which will, in turn, make the citizens safe, is a rare win-win offered by the government to citizens. We will just have to wait and see the results this strategy will bring in and if more officials will follow in the footsteps by providing amazing offers that will also keep the citizens safe.