It’s loopy to suppose that within the U.S., officers have to supply bribes to folks to allow them to get vaccinated towards covid-19, particularly given that folk in different nations would do something to have entry and would roll up their sleeves without cost. But, contemplating the specter of the tremendous contagious Delta variant, imagine me, I’m not right here to evaluate. Moderately, I solely have two phrases to say to teenagers: free AirPods.
On Saturday, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that starting this weekend, teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 who get their first vaccine shot at chosen center faculties within the space will obtain free AirPods. In addition to the AirPods, younger folks may even be entered right into a weekly drawing starting on the finish of the month to win an iPad with headphones (eight winners every week) and a $25,000 faculty scholarship (two winners every week).
The youth vaccine giveaway marketing campaign will run from August 7 to September 30, with the weekly drawings for extra prizes starting on August 30.
Since many of those younger folks want dad and mom to take them to get vaccinated, Bowser threw in a perk for the adults as nicely. Mother and father and guardians will obtain a $51 Visa present card for each younger individual they take to get their first shot.
Whilst you could shake your head, Washington, D.C. isn’t the one place providing incentives to get folks vaccinated. In June, West Virginia unveiled a lottery program with prizes similar to looking rifles, shotguns, new vehicles, $1 million, and looking and fishing licenses for all times. Across the similar time, California mentioned it might have “$50,000 Fridays” and provides away 30 prizes of that quantity, in addition to six paid holidays. In Hawaii, in the meantime, officers have been giving out airline miles, roundtrips on Southwest Airways, a yr of free pizza, and extra.
In keeping with the Washington, D.C. authorities, as of August 2, an estimated 64.6% of residents had obtained at the least one dose of the vaccine. An estimated 55.1% have been absolutely vaccinated. For reference, on the nationwide stage, 71% of individuals over 18 years previous have obtained at the least one dose and 61.1% of these on this group are absolutely vaccinated, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reported on Sunday. The capital has had 51,103 covid-19 circumstances since March 2020.