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Shreveport is now offering cash to people for getting the COVID vaccine.

Mayor Adrian Perkins has announced the incentives are being offered to the first 500 people who show up this weekend to vaccination events at 2 sites in the community.

These vaccination events will happen Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at A.B. Palmer and David Raines Community Centers. The first 250 people at each site will be eligible to get $100. The city will use money from the American Rescue Plan to fund this program.

Mayor Perkins says

It is time for all of us in this community to take COVID-19 seriously and to do all that we can to preserve the future of this city. We are experiencing an alarming trend that puts the health and safety of our residents in jeopardy, but fortunately we have the tools needed to protect those we love by getting vaccinated.

Staff members from LSU Health will administer the first dose of the vaccine this weekend. Those who participate will get a $50 check on Wednesday, August 11 at Government Plaza. The second vaccination will be provided at the same locations on Saturday, August 28. Program registrants will then get a second check for $50 at that time.

Dr. Martha Whyte the Region 7 Director of the Office of Public Health says

You’re not just helping yourself by getting vaccinated, you are also helping your community. Getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way for us to move forward and get past this pandemic. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the quicker we can get back to the things we have grown accustomed to doing.

If you are interested in going to these vaccination events, bring your state issued ID. You do have to be at least 12 years old.

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