With COVID-19 transmission continuing to accelerate, President Biden called for state and local governments to offer financial incentives for vaccination.
Speaking at a White House briefing dedicated to the novel coronavirus, Biden offered to draw such funding from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
“People are dying and will die who don’t have to die,” he said in the announcement. “If you’re out there unvaccinated, you don’t have to die.”
Biden also said the government would reimburse small- and medium-size businesses that support vaccinating their employees.
He has also called for federal employees to be fully vaccinated or face regular testing and masking restrictions indoors.
Biden acknowledged that the plan might seem unfair for people who are already fully vaccinated but said the initiative could help beat back the spread of the virus.