Amid an uptick in the number of people receiving coronavirus vaccinations, a new website that has amassed more than $168 million in nationwide funding has been launched to help keep up the momentum.
The nonprofit Bright Mind Enrichment initiative, which encourages more people to get vaccinated, comes under the local leadership of BME Vice Chair Terrence Calhoun, who’s been a front-runner in the Vaccination Rewards project. Calhoun is also with helping to create an app for the project, according to Vaccination Rewards.
With the US government’s focus on having 70% of adult Americans received at least one shot by July 4, BME felt the best way to help citizens would be to create a vaccination rewards app and platform since no similar tool existed.
An interactive map and framework that enables searching by location, also provides estimated dollar values per reward, and lets users click directly to rewarding companies’ websites, according to Vaccination Rewards.
“A lot of people don’t know about all the incentives and perks out there that people can get for getting vaccinated,” Calhoun said in a press release. “Our app is designed to help improve this situation.”
BME, which receives no monetary benefit from this venture, has also created and maintained the website that is entirely by volunteers. Promotion of the site will be done through non-monetary media grants.
“As the pandemic continues to take its toll, nothing is more important to me than trying to reach my fellow veterans who have not yet been vaccinated,” said Martin Brooks, Vaccination Rewards chair. “We want to make sure that people know all the rewards and benefits available to them when they get a vaccine. This resource may help persuade those on the fence to get the shot.”
Organizations with incentives for their employees and/or the public are encouraged to contact to be included in the effort.

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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