Are you sick and tired of the COVID-19 pandemic like the rest of us? Are you eager for the world to return to normal? For people to no longer be at risk from a life-threatening virus? Do you miss travel? Movie theaters? Concerts? Live performances? Restaurants? Family reunions? Americans have been deprived of experiences for over a year now. Unfortunately, the virus is just not going to disappear by itself, and the only way for us to return to normal again is for enough people to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.
While millions of Americans have already safely received the vaccination, more people still need to get the shot in order for the country to be safe. If people continue to avoid getting the shot, the coronavirus can continue to mutate, which means that more strains of the virus can start spreading throughout communities.
Now, experts suggest paying people to get the vaccine. They’re proposing a $100 payment to people who get the vaccine because the nominal amount of money would greatly help expedite the vaccine rollout. When more people are incentivized to get the shot, the economy can open back up again, and the country can return to something that resembles normalcy.
The UCLA COVID-19 Health and Politics Project has been experimenting with the best way to speed up the vaccine rollout. Their results indicate two incentives that might push more people to schedule their shot for the COVID-19 vaccination.
According to the study, a third of the unvaccinated population would take a cash payment to receive the shot. Some state governors are already working toward this incentive. In West Virginia, for example, Governor Jim Justice has offered to give young people $100 bonds in exchange for getting the jab.
Another incentive for getting the shot is the ability to not wear a mask and practice all the annoying COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.
The UCLA project is ongoing but has already interviewed more than 75,000 people over the last ten months. According to The New York Times: “the project randomly assigns unvaccinated respondents to groups that see different information about the benefits of vaccination. Random assignment makes the composition of each group similar. This is important because it allows the researchers to conclude that any differences that emerge across the groups in people’s intentions to get vaccinated are a result of the messages each group saw and not of other underlying attributes.”
The study also examined the power of “your doctor” and endorsements from other celebrities, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, to persuade people to get the shot. While UCLA’s project found that endorsements from patients’ doctors or pharmacists did not do much to incentivize people, they did find that Dr. Fauci’s endorsement boosted vaccination likelihood by six percentage points. That’s significant.
As for cash, about one-third of the unvaccinated people in the UCLA study said the money would make them get the shot. Thirty-four percent said $100 cash would persuade them to get the shot, while only six percent said a $25 payment would convince them. Unvaccinated Democrats were more likely to take cash for the shot, with 48 percent saying they’d take the $100 payment for the shot.
What do you think would encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
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