HAMMOND, La (BRPROUD) – After months of pleading people to get the COVID-19 vaccination, North Oaks Health System pivots to a new tactic — paying people $100 to get the life-saving vaccine.
After announcing the financial incentive to get the vaccine, hundreds of people signed up right away, according to Dr. Robert Peltier, Chief Medical Officer at North Oaks Health System.
“Within a day or two, they were all filled so it was effective in getting those people that seemed to be on the fence,” Peltier said.
This project would not have been made possible without the support from local donors. Peltier said this was a brainchild of local businessmen. Tom Enmon and his family, who own Jani King Gulf Coast, donated $10,000.
Chance Enmon, Tom Enmon’s son, grew up in the community and is passionate about keeping people safe.
“We just need to continue to encourage people as best we can as much as we can to take the steps to protect themselves protect their families and ultimately protect the entire community,” Chance Enmon said.
A total of $50,000 has been donated to incentivize people to get their shots. People will receive $50 for their first dose and the rest for their second. Peltier said he just wants more shots in people’s arms.
“I encourage anything we can do, whether that’s getting them more information, whether that’s incentives from our local businessmen or the federal government anyone else, the more people we get vaccinated the less disease burden we have and the less people that ultimately have bad outcomes,” Peltier said.
Peltier said they have seen a dramatic increase in people getting their vaccine at the clinic, but it’s still not enough.
“The hundreds and 500s make a small dent, and it is significant, but it would really make a big dent I need to have 60, 80, 100,000 step up and put that in their arm,” Peltier said.
All of the money has been spoken for, but it is still so important for you to get your vaccine with or without a cash incentive.