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Detroit offering residents $50 to transport friends or family to COVID-19 vaccine clinic

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Detroit is offering a new incentive for people to get their friends and family members vaccinated against coronavirus.

The city will offer a fifty-dollar pre-paid debit card to any individual who drives a Detroit resident to their appointment.

Mayor Mike Duggan says while he doesn’t support directly paying people to get vaccinated, the policy should help improve Detroit’s inoculation rate.

“I don’t know any place else in the country that’s doing this, so we made up a set of rules and we’re going to try this. We’re in uncharted territory here.”

Participants will need to register with the city’s Good Neighbor program before they take someone to an appointment.

Detroit’s vaccination rate is nearly 30-percent, about 20 points behind the state average.