Covid-19: Bulgaria offers cash reward to boost vaccination rates among pensioners

The country has the lowest vaccination rate in the European Union



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By Reuters

Published: Thu 23 Dec 2021, 1:47 PM

Bulgarian Minister Kiril Petkov said on Thursday that elderly people who take a shot against the Covid-19 disease will be eligible to a cash reward as part of his government’s drive to boost the vaccination rates, the lowest in the European Union.

Petkov, who took office this month, said every retired Bulgarian will get 75 levs ($43.40) in addition to their pension in the next six months when vaccinated with a first or second dose.

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Pensioners who have already taken three shots will also be eligible for the add-on. Only 27 per cent of Bulgarian adults are fully vaccinated, compared to an average 68 per cent in the EU.


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