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Pay people to get vaccinated

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By Jacob M. Appel

When I received my first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine last December, nobody paid me to roll up my sleeve. Yet, as vaccination efforts approach an expected tipping point, at which the amount of available vaccine exceeds the number of willing recipients, with the rate of vaccination far below the threshold required for herd immunity, paying people to take their shots likely offers our society's best chance at stemming the pandemic.

Private employers ― including American Airlines, Marriott and Dollar General, have already taken the lead in this regard ― but payouts are generally low: an extra day off or a few hours pay. The sooner the government starts offering larger cash incentives to the public the safer all of us will be; former Maryland Congressman John Delaney has proposed $1,500.

Financial incentives have been shown to be highly effective in persuading patients to obtain a wide range of medical services, from complying with treatments for tuberculosis and hypertension to attending weight loss programs and........

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