New Jersey Governor Considering Cash as a Vaccine Incentive

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he is considering cash incentives to lure people to get vaccinated.

“All things are on the table,” Murphy said Friday of a potential cash lure during an interview on Fox’s “Good Day New York.” The state already is running a “Shot and a Beer” program, with free beverages at New Jersey breweries for people who can show proof of their first vaccine through May 31.

Governors and mayors are getting creative with incentives as the pace of vaccinations slow in the U.S. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced that state workers who get a shot will be given $100. In West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice is offering $100 savings bonds for every 16- to 35-year-old who gets vaccinated. New York Yankees and Mets fans who get a shot at the stadium will get a free ticket to another game.

In a survey by the University of California at Los Angeles, one-third of unvaccinated people said cash payments of as much as $100 would make them willing to get a shot.

In New Jersey, the state has fully inoculated 3.3 million residents, about one-third of its population.

Starting today, the state is allowing patrons to sit at indoor bars, eat at buffets and dance at weddings, proms and other celebrations. Murphy also increased the outdoor gathering limit to 500 from 200, and raised the indoor events capacity to 50% from 35%. Masking and social-distancing requirements remain in place.

All capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor businesses in New Jersey will be lifted on May 19 as part of a coordinated effort with New York and Connecticut, as hospitalizations for Covid-19 decrease and vaccinations increase.

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