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Studies probe how payouts affect U.S. vaccination rates

Summary

Following stagnating vaccination rates in the spring, nearly 20 states tried to incentivize the vaccine hesitant to get their shot with the thrill of a lottery. Although emerging studies suggest the gamble may have convinced some of those holding out, some are placing their bets on cash payouts for everyone that gets vaccinated. Experts hope the $100 incentive will change the cost-benefit analysis of those who have not gotten their shot, and stave off the spread of emerging COVID-19 variants. Others worry the payout could set a bad precedent, and being paid for public health measures could be the norm.

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