When vaccination rates began to stall this month, governors and mayors around the country vowed to “get creative” and find ways to inspire the hesitant to sign up for a jab. Ohio set up a lottery game to tempt people into getting the vaccine and New York and Maryland soon copied them. Some of the largest employers in the country including Walmart teamed up with state governments to offer cash bonuses to employees who proved that they’ve taken the dose. But in its own unique fashion, Las Vegas has taken its game to a new level. They’ve set up a vaccination pod in a strip club. How this incentivizes the customers to agree to take a needle in the arm isn’t really clear, but they’re definitely generating some headlines.
The Kroger grocery chain offered $200 worth of store credit and cash payments to people showing up with proof of vaccination. Amtrak did something similar. But at least one doctor who studies human behavior has expressed skepticism. Dr. David Asch of the Penn Medical Center said that cash incentives really only work on people who were already motivated to get vaccinated. For anyone who is skeptical, however, handing out money or freebies could have the opposite effect.