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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 Admin Announces First COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Likely By June 21

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On Thursday, the Biden administration announced that children under 5 will be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if regulators authorize the shots for this age group as expected.

According to the Associated Press, White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha “said the Food and Drug Administration’s outside panel of advisers will meet on June 14-15 to evaluate the Pfizer and Moderna shots for younger kids. Shipments to doctors’ offices and pediatric care facilities would begin soon after FDA authorization, with the first shots possible the following week.”

Jha added that states can begin placing orders for the pediatric vaccines on Friday and the administration will initially have 10 million doses available.

“Our expectation is that within weeks every parent who wants their child to get vaccinated will be able to get an appointment,” Jha said. “At the end of the day we all want to move fast, but we’ve got to get it right.”

The news comes the week after Pfizer announced that three doses of their vaccine offers strong protection against COVID-19 in children under 5.  However, according to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a third dose is unnecessary because the vaccines do not prevent infection.

“I think the decision matrix has changed around the vaccine for [ages] 6 months to 4 years old and so far as we know that the vaccine isn’t as protective at preventing infection,” Gottlieb said. “Previously, we had data showing that the childhood vaccine for 6 months to 4 years wasn’t as protective against infection as the adult vaccine.”

“That’s the reason why they pushed it out and asked for that third dose. But now, if the goal of the vaccine is to get baseline immunity in the kids to prevent really bad outcomes, and you’re really not using the vaccine as a tool to prevent infection in the first place, two doses could do that,” he added.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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