Ray McGuire says New Yorkers should get $100 spending voucher to get COVID-19 vaccine


More than 6.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are in arms across New York City, but mayoral candidate Ray McGuire has a green idea to get more residents inoculated.

The former Citicorp executive released a vaccine plan Thursday which includes offering up to 1 million New Yorkers a $100 voucher to get the shot. The voucher could then be used in the five boroughs to buy goods from local small businesses, or enjoy a meal at a fine local restaurant.

“Providing an incentive will not only help encourage more people to get vaccinated, it will stimulate the economy,” McGuire said.

McGuire’s monetary incentive plan is similar to one launched this week in West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice announced that residents of his state, ages 18 to 34, would get a $100 savings bond if they get the vaccine. 

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