Mayors are offering increasingly ridiculous incentives to bribe residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Want fries with that? It’s the latest effort from New York City Mayor de Blasio, who announced free burgers for people who get vaccines.
Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine offered a chance to win scholarships and million-dollar prizes. Krispy Kreme donuts is even getting involved, offering rewards for getting the vaccine.
And that’s not all. Others have offered discounted beer, free popcorn and even arcade tokens.
Some of these offers even involve using state pandemic emergency funds to persuade Americans to get vaccinated.
It’s not pretty, but it’s the new reality as state leaders seek to increase the percentage of people vaccinated. If a state can’t make you take a shot, they can try to bribe you instead.
But if a person isn’t willing to get vaccinated out of fear of saving his or her life, why would a burger help? The issue at this point is not availability, but personal choice.
Many Americans have decided they are not going to take the shot for a variety of reasons. Whether government mistrust, health concerns, religious reasons or simply personal choice, their minds are made up.
A free incentive is not going to help. We’re not shopping for groceries. We’re talking about our very lives. Not even a New York burger will change our mind on that issue.