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$150 is yours if you get your COVID vaccine in Houston

Jenn Leach

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You may have heard of a rash of my monetary incentives that are being given out around the country for vaccine takers. 

If you haven't gotten your vaccine for COVID-19 yet, chances are that you can get paid to get it!

And Houston is no different.

Previously offering a $100 reward, now you can get up to $150 in gift cards from the health department if you get your Covid-19 vaccine in Houston.

This announcement was made Friday by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

The hope is that the gift cards will provide some incentives to Houston residents to go and get vaccinated.

How it works?

Starting August 26, first dosers can get $100. Second dosers get $50. And, for people who get the one-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson get $100.

Mayor Turner said:

With the more contagious Delta variant rapidly spreading and cases surging, it is critically urgent that we vaccinate more people in our community.”
It is in everyone’s best interest that all eligible Houstonians get vaccinated to save lives. If an incentive will motivate those who are not yet vaccinated to get their shots, it’s an investment that benefits everyone.”

Will this work to get people vaccinated?

Well, it depends.

In this article, critics say lotteries and incentives may not work for everyone.

Some can respond positively to getting rewarded for getting the COVID-19 vaccine while others are not phased by it.

Associate Professor Iwan Barankay from University of Pennsylvania says:

Incentives are very, very powerful, but the issue here is that the people who are not yet vaccinated are the people who have not responded to incentives."

Across the country you can find crazy monetary rewards, giveaways and incentives being offered to people who opt to take the vaccine like debts being forgiven or dismissed, scholarships to colleges, gift cards, cash prizes and more.

According to the city of Houston, here are eligible clinics you can go to:

  • Acres Home Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.
    • Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center, 3810 W. Fuqua St.
    • Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • La Nueva Casa de Amigos Health Center, 1809 North Main St.
    • Mondays/Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol St.
    • Thursdays: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Northside Health Center, 8504 Schuller Rd.
    • Mondays/Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sharpstown Health Services, 6201 Bonhomme Rd.
    • Mondays/Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr.
    • Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunnyside Health Center, 4605 Wilmington St.
    • Mondays/Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Do you think a $150 incentive will prompt more people to get vaccinated?

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