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Could Americans receive $1,500 for getting the coronavirus vaccine?

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Former presidential candidate, John Delaney, has proposed the idea of giving Americans a $1,500 stimulus check if they get the coronavirus vaccine. He believes paying US citizens will be an incentive for skeptics to get the vaccine when it is released and hopefully push the country into a state of normalcy. "The faster we get 75% of this country vaccinated, the faster we end COVID and the sooner everything returns to normal," Delaney said, "We have to create, in my judgement, an incentive for people to really accelerate their thinking about taking the vaccine."

Both Moderna and Pfizer have applied with the FDA for an emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccines. That means that even within just a few days the vaccines could be approved nd start rolling out. The first to get the vaccine would be long-term care residents and health care workers as they are the ones who are most at risk. 

On November 17th, a Gallup poll found that 42% of Americans would not agree to get a vaccine approved by the FDA. Many of the people who said no are concerned with the rushed timeline that the vaccines are on and also that they want to know if the vaccine is safe and effective first. In addition, 12% said they wouldn't get the vaccine because they don't trust vaccines overall.

The program would cost around $380 billion which is more than the $270 billion the US spent earlier this year on the $1,200 stimulus checks. As far as getting another round of stimulus checks from the government in general, it's not looking favorable; but perhaps they could get money into the hands of Americans as a reward for the vaccine.