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States Respond to COVID-19: Exploring Vaccination Incentives

Across the nation, states are exploring a variety of methods to encourage the public to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) unveiled a plan linking increased vaccinations with loosening restrictions, including allowing larger gatherings and lifting face mask requirements when the state meets certain vaccination rate milestones.

Other states have gone so far as to offer financial incentives. In West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice (R) is offering a $100 savings bond to residents ages 16 to 35 who choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, some states are forming private-sector partnerships to scale up vaccination efforts. For example, the Washington State Department of Health created the Vaccine Action Command and Coordination System (VACCS) Center to launch public-private partnerships in support of vaccine efforts across the state. So far, the state has partnered with Microsoft for technology support, Kaiser Permanente for help planning mass vaccinations, Costco for vaccine deliveries, and more.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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