A city-operated mobile pharmacy is promoting the Covid-19 vaccine on July 26, 2021 in a neighborhood near Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York.

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Starting this Friday, New York City will pay $ 100 to anyone who goes to a city-operated vaccination site for their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The announcement comes just days after the mayor said all city workers would need to be vaccinated or go through rigorous weekly testing protocols.

It’s also coming amid a surge in falls in the city, fueled by the Delta variant explosion. Last Friday, the rolling average for daily new cases was 32% higher than a week earlier.

According to data from the New York State Department of Health, between 45% and 65% of New York City residents are fully vaccinated, depending on the district.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that cities in high-transmission areas – including New York City – should “seriously consider” adopting CDC’s new indoor masking guidelines for vaccinated people. But Cuomo stopped commissioning it in full.