Nevada will soon become the latest state to offer an incentive program designed to encourage more people to get Covid-19 in the face of a slowdown in the U.S. vaccination rate.
The state’s governor, Steve Sisolak, did not elaborate on what incentives the state will provide, but said on Tuesday that he expects to announce more information about the plan next week.
The states have provided cash, lotteries, scholarships and even guns, hoping to allow more residents to join them.
The vaccination rate has slowed to the level in late January, which adds to the fact that this plan will not be realized. Joe Biden will get at least 70% of adults vaccinated with one or more doses by July 4th The possibility of the goal.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has injected about 1 million doses per day in the past 7 days, which is lower than the 3.4 million peak in mid-April.
As of Tuesday, more than 164 million Americans over the age of 18, or 63.8% of the adult population, had received at least one injection. Approximately 53% of adults are fully vaccinated.
Nevada ranks 32nd out of 50 states, and 58.3% of its adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
West Virginia ranks 45th with 49.8% of adult residents vaccinated. The state has been trying to increase vaccination levels through cash lottery tickets and other prizes, including custom rifles, pickup trucks, and hunting and fishing licenses. Governor Jim Justice stated that 70,000 West Virginians have registered for gifts.
White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that the United States needs to continue to vaccinate more people to prevent the Delta variant from becoming the main form of the country’s coronavirus.
Fauci said that the Delta variant was first discovered in India and constituted the majority of new infections in the UK, accounting for approximately 6% of the US cases.