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Around the nation: New York City announces $100 incentive for Covid-19 booster shots


New York City residents who get a Covid-19 booster shot will receive $100, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Illinois, and New York.

  • California: Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday announced that all health care workers in the state will be required to receive a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. According to Newsom, the state is taking the step to "protect Californians during a potential winter surge." Newsom tweeted, "With omicron on the rise, we're taking immediate actions to protect Californians and ensure our hospitals are prepared." (Falconer, Axios, 12/21)
  • Illinois: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Tuesday announced that beginning Jan. 3, patrons who visit city bars, restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues serving food or beverages will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19. The rules will not apply to houses of worship, soup kitchens, K-12 schools, or day care centers, but they will apply to licensed venues that host private weddings and events. "Our restaurants and other venues are asking us to do this," Lightfoot said. "Not all are going to be happy, but I think most of them understand the necessity and they're on board with enforcing it." (Eng, Axios, 12/21)
  • New York: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Tuesday announced that residents who get a Covid-19 booster shot will receive $100. The incentive will be given to residents who get a booster shot at city-run vaccination sites and SOMOS community care centers from now until Dec. 31. "This will be by far the biggest booster incentive program in the United States of America," de Blasio said. "This is the moment, come out in real big numbers, get those booster shots and help make your family safer and help make this whole city safer." (Garfinkel, Axios, 12/21)

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