COVID-19: Guns, beer and marijuana on offer for Americans in move to increase coronavirus vaccinations

COVID-19: Guns, beer and marijuana on offer for Americans

Guns, beer and marijuana are among incentives being offered to Americans to encourage coronavirus vaccinations.

A total of 302,851,917 doses have been administered in the US, with 139,748,661 people - or 42.1% of the population - fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

A mixture of public and private sector motivations are being put forward, as President Joe Biden continues the coronavirus vaccination of the country.

Americans have been offered a variety of incentives to get a COVID vaccine including free guns, holidays, cash and Krispy Kremes.

The most recent addition to the odd list of incentives has been in Washington state where licensed marijuana shops are now able to offer free joints.

COVID-19: Guns, beer and marijuana on offer for Americans

Joe Biden wants to increase vaccination rates

Announced by state officials, the "Joints for Jabs" scheme allows pot retailers to hand out a single pre-rolled joint to over-21s who get a jab at an on-site vaccine clinic by 12 July.

A number of people across the country have already won cash prizes or college scholarships as part of other incentive programmes.

California held the first in a series of drawings for $16.5m (£11.7m) in prize money aimed at encouraging people to get their jabs ahead of 15 June, when the state plans to lift almost all virus-related restrictions.

In Colorado, where around half of the state's population have received a first vaccine dose, Sally Sliger from Mead won the first of five $1m (£707,000) prizes for vaccinated residents.

President Joe Biden still has his sights set on 4 July as an "independence day" from the virus, aiming for 70% of adults having at least one dose by then.

So far, around 63% of the US adult population has had at least one vaccine shot.

Announced by state officials, the "Joints for Jabs" scheme allows pot retailers to hand out a single pre-rolled joint to over-21s who get a jab at an on-site vaccine clinic by 12 July.

A number of people across the country have already won cash prizes or college scholarships as part of other incentive programmes.

California held the first in a series of drawings for $16.5m (£11.7m) in prize money aimed at encouraging people to get their jabs ahead of 15 June, when the state plans to lift almost all virus-related restrictions.

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Guns, beer and marijuana are among incentives being offered to Americans to encourage coronavirus vaccinations.

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