WAPT: $1m in Ohio. $100 savings bonds in West Virginia. How incentives could improve the vaccination rate

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While Krispy Kreme is offering free doughnuts to people who are vaccinated against COVID-19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is betting dollars to those donuts. The state will give away millions of dollars to vaccinated people and full scholarships to vaccinated children through special lotteries. But will those incentives work? In theory, yes, a survey shows. In a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 47% of people who say they want to “wait and see” before being vaccinated said paid time off to get it would make them more likely to do so, and 39% said a financial incentive of $200 from their employer would work….

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News 24: Some people in the US will take the Covid-19 vaccine if they’re paid for it – but is this ethical?

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Some people in the US admitted in a survey that they would suspend their objections to the Covid-19 vaccination if they received a $100 (About RI 400) incentive to take the jab The randomised survey experiment, which the U.C.L.A. Covid-19 Health and Politics Project conducted, found that a cash reward would make roughly a third of the unvaccinated population more likely to get the jab, according to a Forbes report. Read more at News24.

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Marketplace: Beer? Crawfish? Baseball tickets? Governments lure vaccine holdouts with perks

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We’re starting to reach a critical stage in the vaccine rollout. Less than half of U.S. adults have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and only 35% are fully vaccinated. And some experts are saying it’s unlikely we’ll ever reach herd immunity. Now local governments are partnering with businesses to offer incentives, free stuff in exchange for getting the vaccine. But do these programs work? Gretchen Chapman, who studies vaccine behavior at Carnegie Mellon University, said incentives usually work on people who only need a little push. And researchers don’t know if they’ll work for the COVID-19 vaccine like…

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Vox: Beers, doughnuts, and discounts: The growing list of vaccine freebies

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It’s been almost a month since all American adults were deemed eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. About 50 percent of Americans have received one dose so far, and cases in the US are on the decline. And while the pool of people who have expressed hesitation about being vaccinated has shrunk, vaccine incentives have become mainstream, initiated by corporations and politicians alike. David Asch, executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, said in a recent interview with the Association of American Medical Colleges that money only works if people are already interested in pursuing a behavior. “If someone really doesn’t want to get…

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The Chestnut Post: What frogs in hot water can teach us about thinking again

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Why are humans so slow to react to looming crises, like a forewarned pandemic or a warming planet? It’s because we’re reluctant to rethink, say organizational psychologist Adam Grant. From a near-disastrous hike on Panama’s highest mountain to courageously joining his high school’s diving team, Grant borrows examples from his own life to illustrate how tunnel vision around our goals, habits and identities can find us stuck on a narrow path. Drawing on his research, he shares counterintuitive insights on how to broaden your focus and remain open to opportunities for rethinking. Read more at The Chestnut Post.

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