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Biden wants state, local governments to give US$100 to newly vaccinated Americans: Treasury

President Joe Biden is calling for state, local and US territorial governments to provide US$100 payments for every newly vaccinated American to boost COVID-19 inoculation rates, the US Treasury Department said on Thursday (Jul 29).

Biden wants state, local governments to give US$100 to newly vaccinated Americans: Treasury

A sign is seen notifying the public that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines are available for walk-ins at a mobile pop-up vaccination clinic hosted by the Detroit Health Department with the Detroit Public Schools Community District at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan, on Jul 26, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Emily Elconin)

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden is calling for state, local and US territorial governments to provide US$100 payments for every newly vaccinated American to boost COVID-19 inoculation rates, the US Treasury Department said on Thursday (Jul 29).

The Treasury said in a statement that such incentives are an allowable use of funds from the US$350 billion in aid granted to state, local, territorial and tribal governments under the American Rescue Plan Act. The department added that it would provide technical assistance in using these funds to support increased vaccinations.

The Treasury also said it was expanding a tax credit that employers could claim for wages paid to employees to give them paid time off to get vaccinated or to assist family members and certain other individuals with COVID-19 vaccinations.

READ: Biden pushes cash reward to get vaccinated against COVID-19, new rules for federal workers

"Today, the President is calling on state, territorial, and local governments to provide US$100 payments for every newly vaccinated American, as an extra incentive to boost vaccination rates, protect communities, and save lives," Treasury said in a statement.

Earlier on Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that anyone getting their first COVID-19 vaccine shot at a city-run site would receive a US$100 payment.

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Source: Reuters/ec

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