A Vaccine Stimulus Is Needed

by Dylan Sondike ‘24

With FDA approval of a Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer and a pending authorization for the vaccine by Moderna, Americans this week are beginning to get vaccinated. However, according to National Geographic just 61 percent of Americans say they would likely take a vaccine. In order to increase the number of people who are willing to take the vaccine, the government may need to provide a vaccine stimulus sent as an incentive.

Former Congressman John Delaney suggested that Americans should be paid a stimulus of $1,500 to take the vaccine.  This would raise the percentage of people who would take the vaccine gradually and provide a second stimulus, which has been needed for an extremely long time as millions of people are in poverty and can’t pay their bills or provide for their families. Since many people are skeptical about taking the vaccine, this may motivate people to take it as an incentive. If this went smoothly, more lives would be saved and the economy would recover quicker. The United States is facing a huge challenge to provide the vaccine to hundreds of millions of Americans. Hopefully, a vaccine stimulus would solve this problem.