Memphis City Won’t Pay $ 100 Incentive To Get Vaccinated As Biden Suggested – FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – President Joe Biden is asking cities across the country to offer payments of $ 100 to people who receive their first COVID vaccine.

On Thursday, we found out that the City of Memphis was not doing this.

FOX13 told residents of the Pipkin building why they decided to wait a few months before getting vaccinated.

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“I was not completely on board,” said Robert Machen. “I waited until I did a lot of research. It probably took a few weeks before I was like, okay.

Machen is a waiter at a restaurant in Midtown. He sees clients every day, so he decided to get the vaccine.

Machen said the restaurant even offered him an incentive.

“They feel like it’s a very important thing, so that was another factor that helped to come and get the shot,” Machen said.

He believes people would be more motivated to get vaccinated if the city followed President Biden’s proposal to pay $ 100 per person who receives their first COVID-19 vaccine.

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The City of Memphis has no plans to do so. Instead, it uses resources to educate people.

Mydison Royston received her second dose Thursday afternoon at the Pipkin Building.

“I wanted to have it as a second line of protection. I know I’m wearing my mask on my nose, but that extra line of protection makes me feel better, ”Royston said.

Royston decided to get the vaccine after two of his friends fell ill with COVID-19.

Before leaving for college at UT Martin, she wants to make sure her potential roommates are vaccinated as well.

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“I know people have gotten sick, and the fact that I don’t know which variant it is only makes COVID even scarier, and there may be more to come,” Royston said. .

The Department of Health plans to keep the Pipkin building open at least until the end of August due to the spike in cases due to the Delta variant.

It is open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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