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Long Beach is giving away free aquarium tickets to those who get their COVID shots.



The City of Long Beach will offer two aquarium tickets to those who receive the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


Background:

As the demand for the COVID-19 vaccines drops across the country, state and local governments are creating incentives for people to get vaccinated against the virus that has claimed over half a million American lives.

  • In Maryland, residents are being offered $100 to any state employee who gets vaccinated, per Yahoo.

  • President Biden announced that ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber will provide free rides to anyone going to a vaccination sites

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said both the Mets and Yankees would give free tickets to fans who got vaccinated at the ballparks before games, per Reuters.

What they're saying:

  • Long Beach Health and Human Services Director Kelly Colopy said, “demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has slowed throughout the State of California and the U.S. in recent weeks, including in Long Beach. While Long Beach continues to be a leading force in the vaccination rollout, having vaccinated well over 300,000 people throughout the city, we are committed to finding innovative solutions to increase the number of people getting vaccinated.”

  • Mayor Robert Garcia said, "While we have made tremendous strides in vaccinating 60% of eligible Long Beach residents and 96% of our seniors, we know that vaccine hesitancy for some is real. We are going to do everything we can to encourage folks to get vaccinated, and that includes incentives.”



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