Wednesday, June 02, 2021
From weird to gorgeous
States outdo each other with vaccination incentives
Israel and the USA initially lure their citizens into the vaccination centers with small amenities and are successful in doing so. In the meantime, some states are resorting to luxurious premiums to convince those who are not vaccinated about the potentially life-saving syringe.
While there is a lack of corona vaccination doses in many places, especially in emerging and developing countries, incentives are needed elsewhere to convince more people of the protective injection. Sometimes strange or very generous vaccination premiums beckon. In Hong Kong, for example. The Chinese Special Administrative Region is one of the few areas in the world where sufficient corona vaccination doses are available for all residents. But the 7.5 million Hong Kong residents are reluctant to get vaccinations. The reasons include distrust of the Beijing-loyal government and the fact that Hong Kong is practically free of corona infections.
An vaccination lottery with a fabulous main prize is intended to encourage Hong Kongers to roll up their sleeves: Participants have the chance of a brand new apartment in the economic metropolis, whose housing market is one of the most expensive in the world. The one-bedroom apartment is worth 10.8 million Hong Kong dollars (1.14 million euros).
Free flights for the whole family
There are also hardly any corona cases in the island state of Australia. This fact as well as concerns about possible side effects of the corona vaccinations with the vaccine from Astrazeneca are contributing to the fact that the vaccination campaign on the fifth continent is making sluggish progress. Only about two percent of the population are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Australian airline Qantas has therefore offered attractive prices for vaccinated people. In each of the ten Australian states and territories, the company is giving away at least one voucher to vaccinated people for one year of unlimited free flights on Qantas and Jetstar machines for a family of up to four members.
The raffle is retrospectively open to everyone who has already had themselves vaccinated, as well as everyone who will do so until the end of 2021. However, at least as things stand at the moment, the winners cannot jet through the world. After all, Australia’s borders are closed until further notice, the only possible tourist destination abroad is currently the neighboring country of New Zealand.
Donuts and baseball tickets for proof of vaccination
There is probably no other country as resourceful as the United States when it comes to vaccination incentives. There, vaccinated donuts or baseball tickets or savings bonds are given for free. In Union Square in Manhattan there was even a free joint for every vaccinated person. Activists celebrated the recently approved release of cannabis as a stimulant in New York State with the “Joints for Jabs” campaign.
Israel has one of the highest corona vaccination rates in the world. Many of them got vaccinated just to get them back to fitness studios or the interiors of restaurants and bars. The metropolis of Tel Aviv went one step further: This year it was advertising with the slogan “Get a shot, take a shot” for free drinks after the corona vaccination in so-called pop-up vaccination bars. Coffee and desserts were also on offer for teetotalers.