Parents are already being urged by public health officials to get their young children vaccinated againstnow that kid-size doses of Pfizer-BioNTech are available to them. And in cities such as Chicago and New York, parents now have an added incentive to get youngsters inoculated: $100 in cash.
New York City for weeks has offered the financial incentive to other age groups eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but children 5 to 11 years old are now also eligible for the money, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news briefing on Thursday.
“It buys a whole lot of candy, that’s right,” the mayor quipped, when answering questions about the city’s vaccination campaign, which now includes those who’ll need parental consent to roll up their sleeves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesdayand older get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vaccines had previously been cleared by the CDC for only those 12 and older.
New York City expects to receive 330,000 vaccine doses in the next few days, and plans to hold one-day vaccination clinics at schools around the city next week, Dr. Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, told the gathering. The $100 carrot came with an appeal from the physician to parents and caregivers to “get your children vaccinated as soon as possible.”