States, cities offer scholarships, money for kids to get COVID shots

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Several cities and states are offering incentives to children to entice them to get their COVID-19 shots.
Officials in North Carolina are weighing an incentive program that mimics a summer vaccine campaign, CBS17 reported Wednesday. During its Summer Card pilot program, the state gave anyone getting vaccinated or driving someone to get their shots a $25 gift card.

"We are looking at ways to replicate that," Dr. Mandy Cohen, the state's health secretary, said Wednesday, according to the news agency.

In Chicago, 5- to 11-year-olds can claim $100 Visa gift cards when they get their shots at city Department of Public Health (CDPH) events or clinics. Additionally, Chicago Public Schools will close Friday for Vaccine Awareness Day so that children can go get their shots.

City employees also will receive two hours paid leave to go get COVID-19 vaccines for themselves and their families, according to CDPH.

"Vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to protect our communities from COVID-19," CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Tuesday in a statement. "I applaud this city-wide effort on Friday to help our children get vaccinated and eligible parents get their booster doses, making our schools even safer teaching and learning environments for staff, students, and families."

On Tuesday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that 5- to 11-year-olds who get vaccinated can enter to win a full scholarship to any two-year or four-year state public university or college.

The "Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate" program lasts until Dec. 19. Parents or legal guardians of any New York 5- to 11-year-old and who has received at least their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can enter their child for a chance to win one of 50 scholarships.

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