Officials said those 185 vaccinations represented a nearly 50% increase from the total number of shots administered during the previous month’s incentive-less event.
“The $50 prepaid debit cards are a smart investment that will save lives, reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our medical personnel and first responders,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said in a news release.
As of July 20, only about 44% of DeKalb residents were fully vaccinated.
About 68% of the county’s Asian population, and 53% of its white population, had received at least one shot. About 35% of the county’s Black and Hispanic residents had gotten at least one dose.
County officials said Tuesday they were mulling the possibility of rolling out an vaccine incentives program on a larger, more permanent scale. Details could be finalized in coming weeks.
“I believe we’re on to something,” Thurmond said. “I really do.”