Yakima Chamber partners with organizations to offer vaccine incentives

YAKIMA, Wash. – It’s been six months since the first dose outside of vaccine trials have been administered.

Since then, nearly 400 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As time as passed, we’ve seen vaccination rates increase, decrease then plateau, and many states like Washington have started incentive programs to increase the amount of people getting the shot.

In Yakima, the Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer $50 and $100 gift cards to people who get the vaccine. It’s similar to the program the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce has started: Give Business a Shot in the Arm.

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Jessica Camacho with the CWHCC said they’re especially trying to reach out to the Latino Community in the Yakima Valley who’s had a higher infection rate throughout the pandemic.

“We’re super excited because within our LatinX population, we have big families. So imagine big families can go in and get vaccinated that’s a lot of money coming into their family and especially our LatinX families have been struggling during the pandemic so this is a little bit of relief for them,” Camacho said.

There are several vaccination clinics coming up where you can get one of the hundreds of gift cards available. Locations include the Business Resource Building, Visitor Information Center and Downtown Yakima Farmer’s Market.

Camacho said don’t wait too long; this initiative has an end date.

“This particular program expires June 30th, so if we don’t use up all of this money that’s been given to our Chamber, it has to go back to the Department of Commerce, so this is why we’re doing such a big push to make sure our vaccination rates go up,” she said.

The Chambers hope people will use the gift cards to support local Yakima valley businesses as they recover from the pandemic. Be sure to keep up to date with the Chamber’s website for updated locations and times.