Children between the ages of 12-17 are now eligible to take the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. In the effort to boost vaccination, Washington DC’s government has decided to give away free AirPods, among other incentives, to encourage children to take COVID-19 vaccination.
According to a report by The Hill, Washington DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser has decided to give away free AirPods to the children who come up and take the first vaccination shot of COVID-19. Apart from free AirPods, children can also get either a $51 gift card or a ‘nod’ to make Washington D.C. the 51st U.S. state. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced Saturday that the city would give away AirPods, gift cards and thousands of dollars in scholarship money as incentives to get more adolescents and teens vaccinated.
Bowser said in a tweet that those ages 12-17 who get their first COVID-19 shot at one of three sites would get either a set of AirPods or a $51 gift card, a nod to the push to make D.C. the 51st U.S. state. Adolescents also have a chance at winning $25,000 in scholarship money or an iPad and headphones, the mayor said.
Other state and local leaders who taken a similar approach to try and encourage people to be vaccinated. In early June, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced that his state would give out cash prizes, firearms and trucks to those who got vaccinated. Cash prizes have also been introduced in states like Maryland, Michigan and Ohio.
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