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Vaccine Incentives Around the World

Netherlands becomes latest country to offer jab incentives to encourage take up.

Whilst Washington State offers Joints for Jabs, the Netherlands has decided to offer free herrings. Early batches of new-season Dutch herring, a traditional delicacy, are being distributed to vaccination centres around the country as an encouragement for people to get their shots.

The incentive is not, let's face it, quite as big as that in California, where the lottery draw offers 10 top prizes of $1.5m each to winning vaccinees. Russia is currently offering free cars.

Elsewhere, Indonesia gives away live chickens, Hong Kong touts the chance of winning a $1.5m apartment, whilst New York’s Vax n Scratch has been giving away free state scratchcards with a chance to win a $5m prize.

Also in the US, Ohio ran a draw offering five full scholarships to any of the state’s universities or colleges, Maine gave away 10,000 fishing and hunting licenses and West Virginia tempted reticent recipients with custom trucks and guns.

In the race to reach herd immunity, some administrations are even more creative. Washington state’s Joints for Jabs scheme, which runs until 12 July, allows licensed pharmacies to reward over-21s who get their a first or second dose with a pre-rolled spliff.


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