The initiatives to try to convince the population to do their part in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by vaccinating have been the most diverse. But probably one of the most bizarre is the one put in place by the State of Washington where everyone who receives a dose will be given the opportunity to have a marijuana joint already rolled.
The “Joints for Jabs” initiative, vaccine rods, was launched by the State Council for Liquor and Cannabis and will run until 12 July. Joining marijuana retailers will be able to provide the unusual gift to citizens aged 21 and over after they receive their first or second injection, according to the policy. So far, 58 percent of Washington residents have received at least one dose and 49 percent both. According to reports from the New York Times, the initiative was also carried out in other states such as Arizona and in Washington itself, before the vaccinated was provided with a beer, a glass of wine or a free cocktail. New York and Ohio a lottery to win college scholarships in New York and Ohio. Several states ran lotteries that awarded cash prizes of $ 1 million or more.
Other countries around the world have also launched promotions to convince citizens to get vaccinated. China has managed to accelerate the campaign, however, with much less eccentric gifts, let’s say, including groceries such as egg packs, laundry detergent, rice bags and toilet paper.