Phoenix is paying people to get vaccinated.
The city is giving out $100 gift cards to people who get vaccinated at city-sponsored mobile clinics through a limited program meant to motivate more people to protect themselves against COVID-19.
The program comes as the city continues to dole out millions in federal COVID-19 relief money, and after President Joe Biden called on states and cities this summer to use the money to pay people $100 as an incentive to get vaccinated.
The week of Biden’s announcement, New York City had announced a program similar to Phoenix’s pilot.
About 60% of Phoenix residents have received both doses of the vaccine as of Oct. 12, compared with about 47% of Maricopa County residents and about 58% of residents nationwide.
The first 1,000 people who get both doses at the sites will receive the gift card, either for a grocery store or gas station. You do not have to be a city resident to get vaccinated at the sites or to get the gift card.
The Phoenix City Council authorized the pilot program, which will be paid for using money the city received from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan Act.
In June, the City Council approved $196 million in spending from the money it received under the act, including $5 million for COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts.
The council could choose to expand the program past the 1,000 gift cards after getting data from staff on whether the program boosted vaccine distribution rates.
The city uses two vans for the mobile clinic, which operates six days a week, Monday through Saturday, traveling to areas with lower vaccination rates and underserved populations.
On Tuesday, a van will be at Chicanos Por La Causa at 6850 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix until 7 p.m. On Wednesday, a van be at Cholla Library at 10050 N. Metro Parkway in Phoenix from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Appointments are required.
For future dates and for information about how to register, visit phoenix.gov/COVIDtesting.
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