From Weed to a Chance at Winning a Cow; Countries Offer Incentives to People for Vaccinations

By: Bishesh Dhaubhadel  | | 2 Minutes Wed, Jun 9, 2021 3:14 PM

While countries like Nepal are faded with the issue of a shortage of vaccines, countries with the necessary resources also seem to have problems of their own. Governments abroad are having to incentivise people to go and get their shots unlike Nepal, where it’s the polar opposite.


A prime example would be America, where states have started promoting vaccination by giving out free marijuana joints to people after they get their shots. They’re even cleverly named Joints for Jabs and Snax for Vax.



Similarly, here are 9 countries that have started incentivising vaccinations with various offers!



  • United States


The United States has arguably some of the best incentives for people to get vaccinated. Incentives range from chances to win a lottery worth $20 to $5 million, scholarships to universities, to chicken wings and free weed. Programs like Snax for Vax are even giving out pre-rolled joints and gummy edibles.




It truly is the land of the free!


  • China


When it comes to making citizens do as the authorities desire, China never falls behind. This time, they’re opting for a more consumer friendly form of incentive. Eggs!




That’s right! Responsible citizens get not one but two boxes of eggs after they get their vaccines.



  • India


If you’re currently getting vaccinations in India, you’re in for a treat. Literally! Retailers in various parts of the country are handing out snacks like biryani, sweets, and chicken to people who’ve gotten the vaccines.


To take it further, in Rajkot, Gujrat, goldsmiths have started giving free gold nose pins to women after they get their vaccine. But men are out of luck as the reward for them is a mere hand blender.




  • Dubai


As expected of one of the most exquisite places in the world, Dubai also has its own incentives for people to get vaccinated.


In three restaurants in Dubai, having received the first shot of the vaccine will get you 10% off on the bill and after the second shot, 20%.





  • Mexico


Unlike other countries, needle-receivers in Mexico aren’t getting free beer or weed. Instead, they’re getting drunk on the vibe as they dance along to bands playing music for free.





  • Philippines


Walk in empty handed. Walk out with a chance to win a cow or 25KG of rice, isn’t that nice? Philippines’ incentives seem modest yet over-the-top at the same time. Heck, if you’re lucky you could even get a free ride home on a rickshaw.





  • Israel


While vaccinations aren’t the only thing that Israel has to worry about, the country sure has taken initiative to properly incentivise.


In Givatayim, the mayor recently offered an undisclosed amount of discount on property taxes to households where everyone over the age of 16 is vaccinated.




  • Russia


While there is a stereotype that Russian people don’t have a good sense of humor, they certainly are the caring bunch. They know that for some people standing in line in the scorching heat is not worth having an immunized body (even though it should be), so they’ve incentivised it with Ice Cream.




Who would’ve thought that they’d go with Ice Cream? We’ve got 10 kinds of alcohol that could’ve had a better shot than Ice Cream.



  • Australia


Unlike countries that have incentivised vaccinations by giving, Australia has incentivised vaccination by not giving. Not giving parents of unvaccinated children below the age of 20 state payments like Child Care Benefit, Child Care rebate, and Family Tax Benefit Part A to be specific.




Aussies really do live in an upside down world.


These have been some of the ways that countries around the world have incentivised vaccinations. Looks like good ol’ Nepal could learn a thing or two from its neighbours.


We’re certain that more people would get vaccinated in Nepal if they’d given out free tax exemptions or a couple of eggs.


What incentives do you think Nepal should give to its citizens? Tell us in the comments!

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