STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – The city of Statesboro is taking a new approach to boost vaccination rates.
Statesboro City Council recently voted to use $10,000 to incentivize residents to attend an upcoming vaccination clinic.
The first 200 people in line at City Hall will receive a $50 gift card after getting the vaccine.
The free Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will both be offered at the event, which is set for Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at City Hall (50 E Main St.).
Mayor Jonathan McCollar says the vaccine is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Statesboro.
“In the past few weeks, we’ve seen an unprecedented surge in positive COVID-19 cases within Bulloch County,” said McCollar. “Now our regional hospital is almost at capacity.”
“Our healthcare workers have been battling this pandemic for over 17 months and are at their breaking point,” he continued. “It’s time for us to move past this grim chapter in our nation’s history and the best way forward is through vaccination.”
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, just 28% of Bulloch County residents are fully vaccinated. Across the state, 42% of Georgians are considered fully vaccinated.
More incentive programs could be on the way, if it proves to be successful. Mayor McCollar said that up to an additional $50,000 could be put aside for vaccination incentives.