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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Tuesday that the county will pay $ 100 to anyone who receives their first COVID-19 vaccine at a Harris County public health site by August 31.
Hidalgo said there are no strings attached and as soon as a person receives the first blow, they will receive their payment via a bank card.
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The vaccine is free and Hidalgo said the county is even arranging free transport to one of the county’s 10 vaccination sites.
In a statement, the judge’s office said on Tuesday: “In recent months, the delta variant of COVID-19 has spread rapidly in Harris County, straining hospital systems and disproportionately affecting patients. unvaccinated residents. More than 98% of people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Harris Health System have not been vaccinated. “
With Hidalgo, the following are expected to speak on Tuesday: Al Green, US Representative, District 9; Dr Esmaeil Porsa, President and CEO, Harris Health; Dr Janeana White, Harris County Local Health Authority.
Many states have offered cash payments to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. While he encouraged vaccines and did not ban inducements to obtain them, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said in June that “we do not believe in the use of monetary incentives in the state of Texas “to get people to get vaccinated and instead said it should just be one person’s choice.
Hidalgo said the county had invested $ 2.3 million in the program and that the money for the program came from funds received through the US bailout.