“Two free tickets, I’m going to take them,” he said, laughing.
The incentives also urged him to ask his mother to sign up earlier than the fall.
“I probably would have waited until the last minute,” he said.
The cash incentive also helped convince some who had been hesitant to get the vaccine earlier. Quiana Tineo, 18, a high school senior in the Bronx, said the $100 were what pushed her to swallow her uncertainty and sign up.
“I was thinking about it, but I was worried about the side effects,” Ms. Tineo said, adding that she is not fond of needles either.
And for some who were already planning on getting the shot, the $100 came as an added bonus.
Roger Wood, 60, of Brooklyn, said the $100 incentive was announced just after his pharmacist convinced him to get vaccinated.
Until he talked to his pharmacist, he said, “I didn’t trust it. I wanted to wait.”
Mr. Byng, in Bushwick, said that he heard about the incentive through the news and that he was a little disappointed he wouldn’t receive the money immediately.
“They said I had to go back on the site then register, then a card would be sent in the mail to my address,” he said. “I do think everybody needs to do it eventually, because it looks like Covid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.”