Harris County begins offering $100 to residents who get vaccinated

by | Aug 17, 2021 | Coronavirus, Policy

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Tuesday that residents would receive $100 if they get vaccinated at a Harris County Public Health site.

Hidalgo said residents will receive the money “no strings attached” if they are unvaccinated. 

Residents can schedule an on-demand COVID-19 vaccine appointment online. The vaccine itself is free and it costs nothing to make an appointment. 

The $100 cash card offer only lasts until the end of August, so Houston area residents have only two weeks to stop by.

The incentive program comes as Harris County and the state of Texas are battling another surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. Newly confirmed cases are at their highest point since January 2021. 

So far, 63 percent of Harris County residents are already vaccinated according to health officials who are also urging residents to minimize contact to slow the spread of the virus.

Photo: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images

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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at fernando@texassignal.com

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