Bribing Americans to get the COVID vaccine is not the solution

When questioned about his impressive liquor intake, Winston Churchill once slyly remarked, “I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.” 

In 2021, Churchill’s boast has rang true for many Americans who have used alcohol as a key to unlock the world outside their homes. Communities around the country have begun offering spirits – brewed or distilled – as an incentive for people to receive their COVID-19 vaccination shots.

A couple of weeks ago, New Jersey announced its new “Shot and a Beer” program, which allowed any state resident to take their vaccination card to a participating bar and get a free glass of suds. Connecticut offered a similar program. Breweries in New York and Ohio offered deep discounts on beer for the freshly jabbed. A Wisconsin bar named The Pickle became a vaccination clinic for a day. 

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