Missouri Gov. Parson to announce vaccine incentives

Mike Parson

UPDATE: Missouri announces ‘MO VIP’ vaccine incentive program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson is set to announce COVID-19 vaccine incentives.

Parson’s office says he’ll unveil perks for getting vaccinated at a Wednesday press conference in his Capitol office. Parson has said he’s hesitant to offer prizes or other rewards for doing something that he considers a personal responsibility. But he’s also said that he’s considering all options to increase vaccination rates in the state, which is dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated people.

The state health department reports that about 40% of Missouri is vaccinated.