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Some governments are offering cash for people to get the COVID vaccine; one is offering a free cow

The country is dealing with its largest COVID outbreak to date.


Phil West


Published May 25, 2021

From our friends at Nautilus.

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Governments are stepping in to provide rewards for people to get the COVID vaccine. In New York, people getting vaccinated can be part of a “vax and scratch” lottery program. In Ohio, there’s an “Ohio Vax-a-Million” program underway. And now, in Thailand, getting vaccinated can result in a free cow. 

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The Mae Chaem district of Chiang Mai province is offering the bovine vaccine incentive, according to CNN. The program allows one vaccinated villager to be randomly chosen every week to receive a young cow, worth about 10,000 baht or a little more than $300. 

The campaign is set to run for 24 weeks once vaccinations begin there on June 7, and as CNN reports, the town of 43,000 has been enthusiastic about the offer.

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*First Published: May 25, 2021, 3:07 pm CDT