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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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1 in 5 Floridians don't want a COVID vaccine

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A fifth of Floridians are unwilling to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and an additional 16% remain uncertain whether or not they'll get vaccinated, according to a new Morning Consult survey.

Why it matters: Even if we don't reach herd immunity, experts say vaccines are our best shot of returning to a "normal" world.

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Months after reporting dangerously high COVID-19 infection levels, the Navajo Nation now says it has vaccinated more than half of its adults for the disease, outpacing the rest of the U.S.

Why it matters: The Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the U.S., with over 300,000 members.

Attn: There are now plenty of vaccine appointments in the Twin Cities

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The days of compulsively refreshing vaccinespotter.org to get your shot slot are over.

State of play: After weeks of demand dwarfing supply, there are now plenty of options for getting a vaccine that don't require driving from the Twin Cities to a Walmart in Fergus Falls.