Young people in West Virginia will be receiving stimulus money if they agreed to be Covid-vaccinated, according to Gov. Jim Justice.
The Democratic-turned-Republican announced Monday that the move comes in a bid to promote the vaccination process across the state that had “hit a wall” in recent weeks.
“The reason we hit a wall is you’ve got 16 to 35-year-olds that are reluctant, you’ve got the J&J situation, and then, to be perfectly honest, you’ve got some hard-headed people,” he explained.
Justice explained that young residents will get a $100 savings bond for getting the vaccine. Those who had already received the jab and are between 16 and 35 years old would still be rewarded.
“Our kids today probably don’t really realize just how important they are in shutting this thing down,” the governor said.
“I’m trying to come up with a way that’s truly going to motivate them – and us – to get over the hump.”