Cheers - and get a jab, says Joe

Central Station | 7 May 2021

Free beer, free doughnuts, free baseball tickets and savings bonds - government officials and businesses are teaming up to encourage Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

President Joe Biden wants 70 percent of adults to have received at least one shot by Independence Day on July 4, and overcoming vaccine hesitancy is key to reaching the goal.

"We know there are millions of Americans who need a little bit of encouragement to get the shot," Biden said at the White House. Fifty-six percent of American adults - more than 145 million people - have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but the pace of vaccination has been slowing lately.

Federal, state and local officials are partnering with pharmacies, restaurants, breweries, supermarkets and sports teams to come up with incentives to get people to have jabs.

In New Jersey, governor Phil Murphy launched a "Shot and a Beer" program to encourage vaccination.

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