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CHICKENS AND EGGS OFFERED AS INCENTIVES FOR COVID JABS

Chickens, eggs, cows and even lottery tickets for luxury apartments are being used to encourage those reluctant to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to get a jab. In some parts of the world, vaccination programs have got off to a poor start or slowed, and government authorities and private companies are offering incentives. The Economist, a newspaper, reports that, in parts of Beijing, Sinovac jabs come with two cartons of eggs while, elsewhere in China, chicken wings, flour or free entry to parks are being offered. While some have scrambled to be vaccinated others have been reluctant, some citing mistrust, others religious. Authorities have found that persuading the elderly that vaccines are safe and halal has proved especially difficult, and they have turned to livestock incentives, offering live chickens for each senior receiving a shot. In the north of Thailand’s Chiang Mae, where most residents are cattle farmers, authorities launched a cow raffle which has also proved popular. The campaign proved successful and 50% elderly registered for their vaccines.