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Vaccine Kickbacks Include Luxurious and Bizarre Bribes Across the U.S.; AirPods, Cars and Weed

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Federal and state governments, local municipalities, leaderships and employers are giving the axe to those who don’t get the vax. In order to entice, convince and flat-out bribe citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccination, incentives are being offered across the country.

“The most common incentives have been cash handouts through the entrance in a lottery system, visa debit cards, or college tuition credits, according to a July report from the National Governors Association (NGA)” reports the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Material goods, cash, travel perks, free food, drinks, and even weed” are being offered. The NGA reported some states have offered free entrance into state parks, fishing and wildlife licenses, travel miles and hotel points, or tickets to professional sporting events and adventure parks.

Professor Dr. David Asch of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of medicine and Wharton School of Business told the Association of American Medical Colleges in an interview that “financial incentives can help people who are already interested in a behavior like quitting smoking.”

“But if someone really doesn’t want to get vaccinated, I’m not sure there’s an amount of money we’d be willing to offer that would also work” added Asch who explained the message as “don’t miss out on your COVID-19 vaccine” is more motivating than “get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself.”

Connecticut, Louisiana and New Jersey have offered free alcohol shots and beers to residents who received their first round of vaccines. Washington state offered marijuana as part of its “Joints for Jabs” campaign this June. Vaccinated residents in Guam were eligible to win one of six cars. Alabama offered residents the opportunity to drive their motor vehicle on the Talladega speedway.

“The more luxury incentives include the chance to win an IPad or a $25,000 college scholarship when vaccinated at a District of Columbia Public School. Kids vaccinated at one of three D.C. public schools can receive a $51 visa card, while the first 400 can swap the cash for Apple AirPods, according to a July 29 statement from Mayor Muriel Bowser” reports the DCNF.

Such offerings made Wisconsin’s cream puffs and Indiana’s Krispy Kreme Doughnut offerings a little subpar.

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  1. E Anne Penwright

    August 16, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    No amount of anything will incentivize me to take it. They can stick their jabs where the sum don’t shine. And those that fall of this? Bye, bye.

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more.”

The doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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