City of Memphis will not pay $100 incentive to get vaccinated as Biden suggested

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — President Joe Biden is asking cities across the nation to offer $100 payments to people who get their first COVID vaccine.

On Thursday, we found out the City of Memphis is not doing this.

FOX13 talked to people at the Pipkin Building about why they decided to wait a few months before getting the vaccine.

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“I wasn’t completely on board,” said Robert Machen. “I waited until I did lots of research. It was probably a couple of weeks until I was like, okay.”

Machen is a server at a Midtown restaurant. He is around customers every day, so he decided to get the vaccine.

Machen said the restaurant even offered him an incentive.

“They feel like it’s a very important thing, so that was another contributing factor to coming and getting the vaccine,” said Machen.

He believes people would be more motivated to get the shot if the city follows President Biden’s proposal to pay $100 per person who gets their first COVID-19 vaccine.

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The City of Memphis doesn’t plan on doing this. Instead, it’s using resources to educate people.

Mydison Royston received her second dose Thursday afternoon at the Pipkin Building.

“I wanted to get it as a second line of protection. I know I wear my mask over my nose, but that extra line of protection makes me feel better,” said Royston.

Royston decided to get vaccinated after two of her friends became sick with COVID-19.

Before she heads off to college at UT Martin, she wants to make sure her potential roommates are vaccinated as well.

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“I know people have gotten sick, and the fact I don’t know what variant it is just makes COVID even scarier, and there is going to be more to come maybe,” said Royston.

The Health Department plans to keep the Pipkin Building open until at least the end of August because of the spike in cases due to the Delta variant.

It’s open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.