To get shots in arms, governments turn to money in pockets

(AP) — Millions of people in the U.S. who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine could soon have a new reason to roll up their sleeves: money in their pockets.

President Joe Biden is calling on states and local governments to join those that already are handing out dollars for shots.

New York, the nation’s biggest city, started doling out $100 awards on Friday.

The president and health officials are betting that the financial incentive will spur hesitant people to get the shot just as the contagious and potentially more powerful delta variant sweeps through parts of the country and as the number of daily inoculations falls sharply from its April high.