WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is asking states and cities to use federal rescue funds to provide $100 incentives to all previously unprotected individuals who get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, according to the Treasury Department. 

The Treasury announced the move Thursday after releasing new rules allowing state and local governments to use their share of $350 billion in direct aid from Biden’s American Rescue Plan on incentivizing vaccines.

“Today, the President is calling on state, territorial, and local governments to provide $100 payments for every newly vaccinated American, as an extra incentive to boost vaccination rates, protect communities, and save lives,” the department said.  

“Treasury stands ready to give technical assistance to state and local governments so that they may use the funds effectively to support increased vaccination in their communities.”

Several states have offered financial prizes to encourage citizens to get vaccinated, and on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo kicked off a $100 incentive for New Yorkers similar to Biden’s plan.

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