Covid-19 Incentives Are Heating Up
The White House said last week that the month of June is “the month of action”. The President, First Lady, and Vice President will all hit the road this month calling it the we can do it tour. President Biden announced last week that if 70% of the country can get vaccinated by the fourth of July holiday every American 21 years of age or older can get a free beer from Anheuser-Busch.
The federal government isn’t the only one trying to incentivize people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Many states are coming up with their own incentives to get Americans vaccinated. These incentives could help in the south, where six states have less than a third of their population vaccinated.
California and Illinois are offering a 50,000-dollar prize to lucky residents that get vaccinated. California is also awarding one lucky winner the maximum prize of 1.5 million dollars.
New York, Ohio and Oregon are all offering their residents a chance to win 1 million dollars each to get vaccinated. New York and Ohio are also offering a full scholarship to a state university for children under the age of 18 if they get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Maryland is offering their residents a chance to win 40,000 dollars daily if they get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Minnesota is offering their residents $100,000 to get vaccinated, along with some other smaller prizes.
Delaware is doing a drawing where winners 18 years or older will get a full scholarship to one of the state universities in delaware.
Companies are also giving incentives to get vaccinated. Krispy Kreme is giving away a free donut to those who get vaccinated. The company says they have given away more than 1 million donuts since the program started. The four major daycare companies in the country Bright Horizons, Kindercare, Learning Care Group and The YMCA are all offering free drop off for parents that are going to get vaccinated.
Companies are also using incentives to get their employees vaccinated against Covid-19. Aldi, Amtrak, Cholbani, Dollar General, Target and McDonalds just to name a few are offering their employees time paid off to get the shot, with some even offering a cash incentive on top of that.
Lyft and Uber have also joined in, offering free rides to and from your vaccination appointment, regardless if you are getting the one shot Johnson & Johnson or the two shots from Moderna and Pfizer. Each company is running the program differently in regards to how it will operate. The federal government said that this is a great opportunity for people that may not have transportation to their appointments to get vaccinated.
As the month of June continues, more and more incentives will most likely be offered. At the same time, critics of the incentives say that no government or business should be incentivising people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.