Nevada will soon become the last state to offer an incentive program designed to encourage more people to get a shot of Covid-19 amid a slowdown in vaccination rates in the United States.
Steve Sisolak, governor of the state, did not detail what incentives the state will offer but said Tuesday that he expects to announce more information about the program next week.
States have offered money, lottery tickets, scholarships and even guns in hopes of getting more blows in the arms of their residents.
The vaccination rate has slowed to levels last seen in late January, increasing the chances that the launch will miss Joe Biden’s goal of having at least 70 percent of adults inoculated with one or more doses. from July 4th.
The United States has administered about 1m doses per day over the past seven days, up from a peak of 3.4m in mid-April, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 164 million Americans over the age of 18, or 63.8 percent of the adult population, received at least one stroke as of Tuesday. About 53 percent of adults are completely vaccinated.
Nevada ranks 32nd out of 50 states with 58.3 percent of its adult population vaccinated with at least one dose.
West Virginia, which ranks 45th with 49.8 percent of vaccinated adult residents, sought to increase inoculation levels through a cash lottery and other prizes such as custom guns, pickup trucks and hunting and fishing licenses. Gov. Jim Justice said 70,000 West Virginians have registered for the gifts.
Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical officer, said Tuesday that the United States needs to continue to vaccinate more people to prevent the Delta variant from becoming the dominant form of coronavirus in the country.
The Delta variant, which was first discovered in India and has caused a majority of new infections in the UK, accounts for about 6% of American cases, according to Fauci.