Tarrant County is considering paying residents to roll up their sleeve to get their shots.
The rush to get the COVID vaccine has slowed down to a trickle. In Tarrant County, vaccine registrations have slowed down 97% since it reached its peak earlier this year, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
The county has made it easier than ever to find and schedule a vaccine appointment through its online portal, but only 19% of Tarrrant County residents are fully vaccinated. 9% of those vaccinated are between the ages 16 to 24.
Whitley sees the potential of increasing those numbers by offering gift cards or even just $50.
“I think it’s a very serious option. I mentioned to the (county commissioners) court, I just said ‘think about it, and next Tuesday let’s talk about it,'" said Whitley.
The money for any potential incentives would come from federal COVID-19 relief funds. The county is expected to $407 million while the cities in Tarrant County will receive $456 million.
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