Mirage News: Automated Texting System Saved Lives Weekly During First COVID Surge

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From Mirage News: A life was saved twice a week by an automated text messaging system during the fraught early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and, overall, the patients who enrolled in that system were 68 percent less likely to die than those not using it. These insights about Penn Medicine’s COVID Watch – a system designed to monitor COVID-19 outpatients using automated texts and then escalate those with concerning conditions to a small team of health care providers – were published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The COVID Watch team plans to see if the approach, which had originally…

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TIME Magazine: Why Schools Are Paying Kids to Get Vaccinated

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From TIME:  Emily Largent, an assistant professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, says “small, guaranteed incentives” tend to work better than big prizes that aren’t guaranteed, like lotteries. She notes that $100 is unlikely to sway someone who is opposed to vaccines, but it could help ease logistical barriers to vaccination, including transportation costs or time off from work. “To the extent that offering that small cash incentive helps overcome those barriers, it can be really helpful for getting people who are open to being vaccinated across the line and removing barriers…

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Yahoo Finance: Why cash incentives and lotteries for COVID-19 vaccinations failed?

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From Yahoo! Money: When covid-19 vaccines were first rolled out in the US, government officials and corporations spent months using various tactics to convince the hesitant, from paying them to get their shot to giving them free donuts. The number of unvaccinated adults in the US, which stands at around 80.2 million despite wide vaccine availability, was already evidence of the limited success of these kinds of measures. Now research confirms it. A couple of papers published in recent days found that neither cash payments nor lottery tickets moved vaccine-reticent Americans to get the jab. One lesson for policymakers, who spent months trying…

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UNC University Communications: COVID-19 vaccine incentive program pays off

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From UNC University Communications: The incentive study guaranteed a $25 card to adults who either received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine or drove someone to providers participating in the pilot program. The program distributed 2,890 cards to vaccine recipients and 1,374 to drivers. The $25 Summer Card program switched to providing $100 cards after this evaluation was conducted, and data on the $100 Summer Card program are not included in the authors’ review. “Providing guaranteed small financial incentives is a promising strategy to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake,” said Charlene Wong, the chief health policy officer for COVID-19 at the…

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WebMD: Cash Incentives May Help Nudge People to Get COVID Vaccines

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From WebMD: Researchers in this study found that the slide was cut in half at sites offering the cash cards when compared with elsewhere in the same counties and the rest of the state. Among a 401 vaccine recipients who were surveyed, 41% reported the cash card was an important reason for vaccination. People with lower income and people at least 50 were more likely to have been brought by a driver who received a cash card. “We know that these one-on-one conversations between people who have remained unvaccinated and those that they trust and know are really important,” Wong says….

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WITF: Just 1 in 10 Philly cops reported their vaccination status, but city still says no to stricter vaccine mandate

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From the WITF. Philadelphia officials have again declined to impose a stricter vaccine mandate on municipal workers –– even as the city revealed that barely one in 10 police officers and less than a quarter of all firefighters have submitted proof of vaccination. While other large cities, such as Chicago and New York, are toughening enforcement of vaccine mandates for municipal employees –– and dealing with blowback from vaccine-hesitant workers –– officials in Philadelphia doubled down on their current policy of voluntary compliance. “We don’t have that type of vaccine mandate that New York has,” Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, interim head of the…

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