McKee: RI to start vaccine incentive program benefiting charities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Dan McKee announced at his press conference Friday that a vaccine incentive program will soon be coming to Rhode Island.

McKee said the program will benefit charities and will have a budget of $1 million.

“We’re gonna try and celebrate at 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, and then we’re gonna, we’re working right now to determine how many dollars we can put towards helping charities that helped out during the COVID,” the governor said.

“We think that the people are doing it for the right reasons to get the vaccination and not for some lottery, but we think that, based on conversations, we think that people will really support supporting charities in the state.”

McKee has set a goal of reaching 90% of Rhode Islanders with at least a first dose by Labor Day. Right now, 66% of eligible adults are fully vaccinated and 75% have received a first dose.

The state has identified four cases of the Delta variant, McKee said, urging people to get vaccinated to protect themselves.

“I understand and appreciate some people’s hesitancy… as the doctor said, it’s unfounded. It’s safe, it keeps us safe.”

He said there is still vaccine hesitancy in some communities.

“I’m not gonna take no for an answer right now. We’re gonna get people vaccinated, and they’re gonna do it voluntarily, and we’re gonna give them every opportunity to do that.”

As of Friday, restrictions on close-contact businesses like nightclubs and live performance venues will lift.

“Beginning June 18, we are removing the capacity and other restrictions on nightclubs, live performances, and indoor saunas and whirlpools.”

Instead of Thursday COVID-related briefings, the governor will now have weekly media availability on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

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