At the time of this writing, Congress had still not agreed to a badly needed COVID-19 relief bill – and while one is seemingly increasingly becoming more possible by the day, all indications are that it will be a “skinny” bill and not distribute the type of aid that the CARES Act did when it was passed in the early days of the pandemic last spring. In other words, it likely won’t distribute stimulus checks to the millions of Americans that were privy to receiving them months ago.
As a result of the activity – or lack of activity if you look at it that way – in Congress, it’s leading many to wonder if it would be wise to tie in the next stimulus check to getting the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to immunize more Americans and reach that magic 70-75 percent herd immunity benchmark that so many epidemiologists have targeted.
While scientific polls indicate that an increasing number of Americans plan to get the vaccine once it’s available to the general public, there is still a fair amount of resistance to vaccinations in general over a newfound distrust in science or concern over how new the vaccine is. Paying people to receive the vaccine would essentially incentivize Americans to help put an end to the pandemic.