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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Maryland will offer a $100 incentive to any state employee who gets vaccinated for COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.

Why it matters: The incentive comes as vaccine demand is hitting a wall well before the U.S. has reached herd immunity. State employees in Maryland who have already been vaccinated will also get a retroactive $100 payment.

  • West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice also announced last week his state will offer a $100 savings bond for people ages 16–35 as an incentive to get the shot.
  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced a program Monday that will give anyone who gets vaccinated in May a free beer.

State of play: 62% of adult Marylanders have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, per CDC data. That's above the national average of 56.1%.

What he's saying: “With this incentive program, we are further encouraging state employees to get vaccinated to help keep themselves, their families, and their communities healthy and safe,” said Hogan.

  • “Incentives like this are another way to reinforce the importance of getting vaccinated, and we strongly encourage businesses across the state to consider offering incentives to their workers as well."

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May 3, 2021 - Health

What COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy looks like around the world

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Data: Gallup; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

More than 1 billion adults around the world said in 2020 that they wouldn't agree to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, per new Gallup polling released Monday.

Why it matters: Only slightly more than two-thirds — 68% — of adults worldwide said they would agree to be vaccinated if a shot was available to them at no cost.

May 3, 2021 - Health

Colorado extends mask mandate while easing restrictions for vaccinated

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. Photo: Chet Strange/Getty Images

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) on Sunday extended the state's face mask mandate for another 30 days but loosened restrictions for groups of people vaccinated against COVID-19.

Details: Under Colorado's new order, people gathering indoors in groups of 10 or more are no longer required to wear masks if at least 80% of them is vaccinated against the virus, per a statement from Polis. 

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May 3, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado battles COVID vaccine hesitancy with get-out-the-vote tactics

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Colorado is using tried-and-true get-out-the-vote tactics to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates across the state.

Why it matters: The novel approach is part of a broader effort by state public health officials to reach herd immunity by targeting populations that are hesitant or too busy to get vaccinated.