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Jim Justice in 2010. Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

West Virginia will begin offering $100 savings bonds to people aged 16 to 35 who get vaccinated, Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The initiative is meant to incentivize people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Just last week Justice said the state had "hit a wall" with vaccinations, and was having particular difficulty convincing young people to get the shot, local news station WBOY reported.

The big picture: The initiative will be funded with money from the CARES Act. The savings bonds will also be applied retroactively to people ages 16 to 35 who have already gotten their vaccine.

  • Justice noted that only 52% of the 1.47 million people currently eligible to get vaccinated have received at least one dose so far.
  • The goal is to get over 70% of the eligible population vaccinated and vaccinating young people is the key to do so, Justice said.

What they're saying: “I’m trying to come up with a way that’s truly going to motivate them – and us – to get over the hump," Justice said in a press release.

  • “If we can get to 70%, we’ll shut this virus down."
  • “If we really want to move the needle, we’ve got to get our younger people vaccinated.”

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Israel reinstates COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

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Israel announced Tuesday it will tighten public health measures due to surging in COVID-19 case numbers.

Driving the news: The latest restrictions come as Israel saw nearly 4,000 new daily cases reported on Tuesday, the highest count so far since the country began experiencing an uptick last month, the AP reports.

Colorado's haphazard approach to masks

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The COVID-19 pandemic recently took a serious turn amid the Delta variant's spread, but the Denver area didn't seem to notice.

In grocery stores, bars and shops across the area this weekend, the renewed public health precautions advising the vaccinated to wear masks indoors were met with a mix of acceptance, frustration and indignation, as the Axios Local team reported.

Obama plans birthday bash amid COVID concerns

President Obama waves while golfing on Martha's Vineyard in 2015. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama is hosting a 60th birthday bash for himself and hundreds of guests on Martha’s Vineyard this coming weekend amid heightened public health concerns — locally and nationally — about the COVID-19 Delta variant.

Why it matters: The recent breakthrough cases in nearby Provincetown, Massachusetts, after the July Fourth holiday showed the continued risk of spread even between vaccinated people — prompting new masking guidelines from the CDC.