New York City is offering residents 100 dollars to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the highly contagious delta variant spreads throughout the United States fuelling a surge in new infections.

City mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that New York will pay citizens who get vaccinated at any city-run vaccination site starting on Friday.

“The key is vaccination. We can talk about so many other issues with COVID, but if we’re not talking about vaccination then we’re not talking about the solution,” de Blasio said during a news briefing.

“You want a recovery? You need vaccination. Whatever it is, you want to enjoy life to the fullest? You need vaccination,” he said.

The announcement comes just days after the mayor said all city workers would have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-September or face weekly testing.

De Blasio also announced that more than 9.9 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the city so far. Sixty-six per cent of adults have been fully vaccinated and 71 per cent have received at least one dose, according to the New York City health department, The Hill reported.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its updated guidance announced that it has mandated vaccinated people wear masks in certain situations, to prevent the further spread of the Delta variant in the US.

The recommendation urges fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors when in areas with “substantial” and “high” transmission of COVID-19, which includes nearly two-thirds of all US counties.

Cases have risen across the country in recent weeks with the spread of the delta variant, causing alarm among many public health experts that the US is regressing in its fight against the pandemic.

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