$100 vaccine referral program brings in 20,000+ patients, NYC Health + Hospitals says

A $100 COVID-19 vaccine referral program has facilitated more than 20,000 vaccinations in New York City since June.

Four notes:

  1. New York City worked with community-based organizations and NYC Health + Hospitals, the city's public health system, to encourage getting vaccinated by awarding $100 for each referral that leads to someone getting their first COVID-19 dose at a city-run site, according to a Sept. 14 news release.

  2. Through a partnership between the health system and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the NYC Test & Trace Corps helps the city to isolate New Yorkers who are positive for COVID-19. It provides several resources, such as hotel rooms for those with COVID-19 who are unable to safely quarantine in their own homes.

  3. The program launched at the end of June. There are 890 organizations that have participated in the referral program, including 34 organizations that have reached the $20,000 cap on available bonuses.

  4. The referral program is continuing to work with small businesses, faith organizations, community groups and more to provide up to $4 million in referral payments.

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