West Virginia Offers $100 Savings Bonds to Younger Residents to Get Vaccinated

West Virginia is encouraging its younger residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine by offering them a $100 savings bond if they choose to get inoculated. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, on Monday announced that vaccinated residents aged 16 to 35 would qualify for the savings bonds, which are to be paid for with money from the CARES Act, last year’s pandemic relief package. “We have vetted this in every way that we possibly can to be assured that we can use our CARES dollars to do exactly just this,” Justice said at a press conference in Charleston. The governor said vaccine uptake among West Virginians—especially younger ones—is lower than health officials would like. “Kids 16 all the way up to 35 years of age are having a real transmission issue with this disease,” Justice said. “Our kids today probably don’t really realize just how important they are in shutting …

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