On November 2, parents across the United States were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cleared COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11. Previously, only children 12 years of age and older could receive a vaccine.
Vaccinating more of the population could have a profound impact on the state of the epidemic – and on the economy. Protected children could mean fewer school closings and less disruption to businesses.
But not all parents rush to get their children vaccinated. For some it is a matter of fear. For others, it is like not thinking it is necessary, as children frequently suffer from mild illness from COVID-19.
Some states try to motivate parents to get their children immunized, and they do so with one incentive that tends to work: money.
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Some children could be paid to be vaccinated against COVID-19
In New York City, children could earn $ 100 in paycheck for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a city-operated site. New York City also offers incentives such as tickets to popular tourist attractions and sporting events.
Meanwhile, Chicago is offering $ 100 gift cards to children ages 5 to 11 who get vaccinated at a public health clinic or event. And the Chicago school district will close on November 12 to make it easier for students to get vaccinated.
Elsewhere, incentives are offered at the state level. In Minnesota, children could get a $ 200 Visa card to get vaccinated. They also have the opportunity to participate in a draw for a $ 100,000 university scholarship.
Will financial incentives help increase immunization rates?
For some people, the ability to collect money to keep in the bank can be motivating enough to get their children immunized as quickly as possible. This is especially true with the ever more expensive holiday season approaching.
Some parents may still choose to abstain so as not to be the first to vaccinate their children. And for those who are adamantly opposed to vaccinating their children, a $ 100 incentive probably won’t make a difference.
Of course, there are also parents who rush to get their children vaccinated even without additional incentives. Since the summer, the number of cases of COVID-19 in children has increased. And disease aside, being infected has ramifications.
Infected children should automatically self-isolate at home, even if they have no symptoms. This could force parents to take unpaid leave until their children are allowed to return to school and reintegrate into society.
Ultimately, vaccinating children could help bring America closer to normalcy. Currently, children under 5 cannot be vaccinated, although health experts hope this will change in the coming months so that protection becomes available for babies and all-arounds as well. small.