de Blasio wants a mandate: “The voluntary phase is over”

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday launched “NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus” program that “encourages” New Yorkers to get the vaccine. Starting Friday, New Yorkers getting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be rewarded with a $100 incentive.

According to the press release about this program, “The City will work with community-based organizations to turn out their neighbors, awarding $100 for each referral that leads an individual receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a City-run site.”

“It does not get better than that,” said Mayor De Blasio.
“Incentives help immensely, I think it’s going to be very, very appealing to New Yorkers.”

On Tuesday Mayor de Blasio stated in an MSNBC interview that “The voluntary phase is over,” “We could not have been more kind and compassionate, as a country” but now “It’s time for mandates,”

The $100 incentive will either be issued in pre-paid debit cards that can either be emailed in digital form or sent in physical form via mail, according to Rachel Loeb, the president of New York City Economic Development Corporation.

The announcement comes after the White House announced efforts to “partner” with big-tech platforms like Facebook to “combat disinformation about vaccination” and there are rumors of the White House working on mandating the vaccine for Federal workers.

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