ALBANY – New York’s Governor says he is skeptical about implementing a cash incentive to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the idea during a press briefing on Thursday.
He says while some states are offering cash, he’s not crazy about the idea.
“How about all the people who received the vaccine already? We have 17 million vaccines done, 60 percent, now you’re going to offer someone — some states, I believe, are offering $100 to take a vaccine,” said Cuomo. “’Well, I just took a vaccine, why didn’t I get my $100?’ So, the incentives are tricky, but we’re open to very creative incentives.”
Cuomo is also looking at modifying the state’s mask mandate to fall in-line with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention masking guidance out Thursday.
The Governor says his office is reviewing the new recommendations in consultation with State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, others partners and health experts in surrounding states.
Under the new guidance, fully vaccinated Americans would no longer need to wear masks in most circumstances. The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.