July 29, 2021 By Allie Griffin
The city is offering $100 to every New Yorker who gets their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at a city-run site starting Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
Only people who live or work in the city and get their first dose at a vaccination site run by the city are eligible for the $100 reward.
The free money is the latest incentive that the city is offering as it aims to get more New Yorkers vaccinated. The city is also offering free admission to cultural centers and sporting events, a two-week membership to Citibike, a 10-ride NYC Ferry pass and more.
De Blasio said he hopes the cash will motivate unvaccinated New Yorkers — 29.2 percent of adults across the city have not gotten even one shot — to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.
“There are a huge number of New Yorkers open to vaccination,” de Blasio said. “They just haven’t quite gotten there. I think when someone says here’s $100 for you, that’s going to make a big impact.”
Eligible New Yorkers have a choice of the $100 or another prize. They will be issued the $100 via a prepaid debit card — either a digital card via email or a physical card via mail.
To claim the debit card or another prize, residents should visit the city’s first dose verification web page after they receive their shot. New Yorkers who got their first dose Wednesday or Thursday can still get the $100 by visiting the web page on Friday.
Residents who get first their shot at a city-run site also have a chance to win $2,500 cash through the end of July.
Roughly 23 percent of Queens adults have not received at least one shot, according to city data.
City-run vaccination sites in Queens where residents can qualify for the $100 are listed below.
Long Island City Vaccine Hub 5-17 46th Rd., Long Island City
Citi Field Mass Vaccination Site 36-2 126th St., Willets Point
Corona Health Center 34-33 Junction Blvd., North Corona
Korean Community Services 203-05 32nd Ave., Bayside
Queens Public Library at Ozone Park 92-24 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park
Queens Center Mall (former Modell’s location) 58-56 92nd St., Elmhurst
Beach 39th Street Vaccine Hub 39-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Edgemere
Joseph P Addabbo Family Health Center – Arverne 62-00 Beach Channel Dr., Averne
Joseph P Addabbo Family Health Center – Far Rockaway 1288 Central Ave., Far Rockaway
Free Synagogue of Flushing 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing