West Virginia governor says he'll pay young people $100 savings bonds for getting Covid vaccine, gets bribery accusations
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced that he'll give $100 in saving bonds to people between the ages of 16 and 35 who choose to get vaccinated, prompting critics to accuse him of both bribery and not offering enough.
Claiming that young people are “not taking vaccines as fast as we'd like them to take them,” Justice said on Monday that he's been trying “to come up with a way that's truly going to motivate them –and us– to get over the hump.”
To do this, Justice –a Republican– revealed he will give every young person who receives the vaccine $100 in saving bonds and the initiative will be retroactive, allowing those who have already been vaccinated to receive the bonds too.Also on rt.com Oops! National Guard announces ‘error’ in West Virginia as 40 people receive antibody treatment instead of vaccine
Justice concluded that if the state becomes 70% vaccinated, “the masks go away, the hospitalizations go away, and the deaths become minimal.”
“When you have to bribe people to take your product…” commented one social media user – a sentiment echoed by many others.
Hilarious!! Now they have to bribe people. https://t.co/GAvfTaEPx4— Michael W. Chapman (@ChapmanCNSNews) April 27, 2021
Republican states need to bribe people to save lives?— Deep Blue State (@RubyMegalodon) April 26, 2021
Justice also received criticism for offering saving bonds as the reward, arguing that they're not even “worth the paper they are printed on.”
“Savings bonds? Wait til the people getting vaccinated realize how much those bonds are *actually* worth… Just cut them a check, you cheap b*stards,” protested one person.
Just wait till they find out how much a “$100 Bond” is worth in present dollars, and how long it takes to mature to its $100 face value.— Attorney@Law (@TheGlare_TM) April 26, 2021
In about 25 years it's going to be worth $100— njevancik (@nevancik1) April 26, 2021
Let's entice the bitcoin generation with a savings bond, some green stamps, a raffle ticket, free layaway, and a Charleston Chew bar.— ShodanSteve ☯️🏳️🌈🖖 (@ShodanSteve) April 27, 2021
West Virginia has recorded over 150,000 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 2,821 deaths. Over 700,000 West Virginians have received at least one dose of a vaccine, while 558,000 have been fully vaccinated, according to the state.Also on rt.com West Virginia governor explains his ‘f**king follow the guidelines’ Covid-19 advice as technical glitch as it turns into meme
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