West Virginia is giving $100 savings bonds to residents between the ages of 16 to 35 who get vaccinated for the coronavirus, a report said.
The measure, announced by Gov. Jim Justice on Monday, comes as a large share of the state’s eligible population have not received even one dose of the vaccine.
“We’re going to give a $100 savings bond to every single one that steps up and takes their vaccines,” Justice said at a Monday press briefing, according to WSAZ.
Those who fall within the age range who already received their vaccine will be paid retroactively, the report said.
Last Friday, state officials urged residents to get vaccinated, WOWK reported.
“We have doses available. Plenty of doses available to get to West Virginians,” said retired Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer, who is leading the state’s Joint Inter-Agency Vaccine Task Force.
As of late last week, about 40 percent of the state’s eligible population had still not received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to WOWK.