Michiganders believe unvaccinated should receive $136 incentive

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Courtesy Spectrum Health West Michigan

A new report finds Michiganders are prepared to pay those unvaccinated against COVID-19 $136 each to receive the jab.

MyBioSource.com, a biotechnical products distribution company, conducted a survey of 3,000 individuals nationwide to gauge how much the public thinks the unvaccinated should be incentivized in order to get the shot. Michiganders, on average, said the unvaccinated should be paid a $136 each. This is lower than the national average of $182.

Alaskans and Minnesotans were prepared to pay the unvaccinated $259 — the most in any state. Comparatively, those in Utah would not want the unvaccinated to receive more than $74 each for receiving their dose.

Currently, there are around 93 million eligible Americans who can receive the COVID vaccine but still haven’t got their shots.

“Public service announcements have reassured us about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness, but it seems like it may take more to convince people who haven’t gotten round to getting their dose,” MyBioSource wrote. “A cash incentive perhaps?”

A recent survey found about 1 in 3 of the unvaccinated population said receiving a cash payment would increase their likelihood of getting the shot. In fact, in Minnesota, more than 30,000 people signed up for a program to receive a $100 incentive to get their first dose of the vaccine between July 30 and Aug. 15. Recently, West Virginia’s Gov. Jim Justice announced $100 savings bonds for young people between the ages of 16 and 35 who get vaccinated.

More than half (57%) of those that have already been vaccinated think it’s unfair to pay those who are unvaccinated to receive their dose, considering theirs was unincentivized, according to MyBioSource. Another 61% believe if unvaccinated people are going to be paid to get their dose, those who have already had theirs should be remunerated after the fact.

Forty-six percent of those who were unvaccinated said they’d be more encouraged to get their dose if they didn’t have to wear a mask in public thereafter, MyBioSource found.

Nearly half (49%) of respondents also said preventing unvaccinated people from entering public spaces — such as restaurants, coffee shops and malls — will encourage higher vaccination rates.

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