DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has introduced a brand new Covid-19 vaccination incentive program, focusing on minors aged 12-17, promising each baby who takes their first shot a free pair of fancy Apple AirPods headphones (whereas provides final).
Youngsters had been additionally promised an opportunity to win an iPad or perhaps a $25,000 faculty scholarship, in the event that they take their first jab earlier than September 30. Dad and mom or guardians, who convey their children to one of many three designated vaccination websites arrange inside DC faculties, will likely be getting $51 reward playing cards – however just one per baby.
Beginning at the moment at 10 am, DC youth (12-17) who get vaccinated at:
Will obtain AirPods with their first shot and an opportunity to win a:
📱iPad and headphones#TakeTheShotDC pic.twitter.com/BIAH7Hgs7m
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) August 7, 2021
Final month, an identical incentive program focused the grownup inhabitants, with smaller rewards starting from free public transport tickets to grocery reward playing cards, and 4 new automobiles raffled off as the principle prize.
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Almost 76% of DC adults acquired not less than one dose as of final week, whereas over 65% had been totally vaccinated, in keeping with the district well being division. Nevertheless, amongst minors the variety of fully-vaccinated stood at lower than 30% for 16 to 17-year-olds, and 26.7% for youths aged 12-15.
Public faculties throughout DC are set to completely reopen with in-person studying on August 30, however all college students and workers will likely be required to put on a masks, no matter their vaccination standing.
Considered one of America’s most stridently pro-mask politicians, Bowser, reintroduced the mandate for the vaccinated to put on face coverings indoors final month, even because the day by day variety of new instances stood comparatively low, and the seven-day common variety of Covid-19 deaths in Washington DC stays at or round zero.
Bowser’s initiative focusing on youngsters is simply the most recent in a slew of varied incentives supplied by native and state officers, in addition to non-public companies, to spice up vaccination numbers. Over the previous months, a number of states performed lotteries with six-digit jackpots, smaller money prizes, and reward playing cards for the losers. A few of the weirder provides included free burgers and donuts, a dinner with a governor or a selfie with a whale, in addition to VIP therapy at a Vegas strip membership, free weapons, and even joints for jabs.
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