Gov. Justice announces all vaccinated West Virginians ages 16-35 can now register to receive $100 savings bond or $100 gift card

CHARLESTON — During Thursday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that online registration is now open for his “Beat 588...Bad” West Virginia Strong Vaccine Incentive Program.

All West Virginians ages 16-35 who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are now able to register online to receive either a $100 savings bond or a $100 gift card.

The $100 incentive is retroactive, meaning all West Virginians ages 16-35 who have received the COVID-19 vaccine at any point are eligible.

“Please go and register for your $100,” Gov. Justice said. “We really appreciate you getting vaccinated. Not only are you picking up a few extra bucks here, but you may very well have saved your life or saved others.

“We’re going to continue with this program,” Gov. Justice continued. “We want all 16-35-year-olds to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Also on Thursday, Gov. Justice announced that all senior centers across the state are ready to reopen fully.

The Governor went on to announce that the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services would be issuing safety guidelines Thursday afternoon.

Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated will still be required to wear a face covering inside the centers.

“You see, it’s just more and more motivation,” Gov. Justice said. “Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated is going to have to put up with wearing a mask in these centers. Please get vaccinated.”

Additionally Thursday, Gov. Justice announced that West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has decreased once again, dropping one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.8% in April 2021. 

West Virginia’s unemployment rate has declined for 12 consecutive months and remains better than the national unemployment rate of 6.1%.

“West Virginia is still kicking butt there and doing really good,” Gov. Justice said.

The number of unemployed state residents decreased by 1,500 to 45,800.

“Total employment was up by 1,700 for the month,” Gov. Justice said. “All that’s good, but we’ve still got a ways to go there, we’ve still got a lot of folks we can get back to work.”