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New Jersey Offers Free Beer to Every Resident Who Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Authorities in the northeastern state are not the only ones getting creative in terms of how to convince residents to get vaccinated. Officials in West Virginia have offered residents aged between 16 and 35 a $100 bond if they get a jab.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Monday that individuals, who get their first coronavirus vaccines in May will get a free beer. The “Shot and a Beer” programme is aimed at increasing participation in the state’s immunisation drive, with authorities planning to have 70 percent of the eligible population fully vaccinated by 30 June.

​The governor’s announcement triggered a torrent of comments on social media, with users praising the authorities’ creativity.

​Many netizens said they would take the jab after hearing the news, while others were upset the authorities didn’t launch the programme earlier.

However, many users contended that the incentive programme is not only bad, but is also unsafe.

Others said that US authorities should send inoculations to countries that have become the epicentre of the pandemic.

​According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.4 million doses have been administered in the northeastern state since the immunisation programme began last December. Out of a population of 8.8 million people 3.2 million are fully vaccinated.

Whatever it Takes

As mentioned earlier, New Jersey is not the only state that has launched incentive programmes. Authorities in the United States have been trying to persuade young people to get immunised. Young people are less likely to have a severe case of COVID-19, but according to the World Health Organisation, they drive the pandemic as most of them develop no symptoms when contracting the disease.

Businesses too have been involved in incentive programmes. Krispy Kreme has been offering a free glazed doughnut to individuals who show their vaccination card. Fancy something savory? Then head to Nathan’s Famous, where they are giving out a free hot dog to anyone who visits their location in Coney Island on vaccination day.

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