NJ Gov. Murphy open to paying people to get COVID-19 vaccine

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state is considering paying people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We might, I think all things are on the table frankly,” Murphy told FOX 5 New York in an interview. “We have to get to our objective, which is 70% of the adult population by the end of June.”

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Last week, Murphy launched the “Operation Jersey Summer” campaign, which is aimed at helping the state reach its vaccination goal. 

As part of the campaign, Murphy launched the “Shot and a Beer” program, which will give state residents age 21 years and older a free beer with COVID-19 vaccinations starting in May. The program includes thirteen participating New Jersey-based breweries. 

New Jersey isn’t the only state that has considered offering money as an incentive to be inoculated. Maryland recently launched a program that will pay state employees $100 to become fully vaccinated and West Virginia announced 16- to 35-year-olds who get vaccinated can earn a $100 savings bond.

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Murphy’s comments come as the state is set to lift the majority of its capacity restrictions beginning May 19. Businesses will still require patrons to continue to socially distance 6 feet apart.

Over 7.9 million COVID-19 doses have been administered in New Jersey, according to the latest data from the state’s health department, with more than 3.5 million people in the state fully vaccinated.  

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