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Discover the gifts the government is offering when you get vaccinated in Boston

Gabriel Baez
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Boston is thinking of all possible ideas to encourage the residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. That's why they are thinking outside the box to motivate the population.

Almost 80% of adults in Massachusetts have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, with vaccination rates still lagging in some of the communities that suffered the brunt of the pandemic, so state officials are looking for ways to make vaccines convenient and attractive.

These are some of the gift they are giving right now:

$25 gift cards on Market Basket.

Massachusetts partenered with Market Basket to launch mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the state, with recipients getting $25 gift cards. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the partnership last week at the grocery chain's store on Everett Avenue in Chelsea.

The no-appointment, walk-up clinics will be open for first doses Thursday through Saturday for the next two weeks at Market Basket stores in Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Lynn and Revere, followed by corresponding second dose days in late June and early July.

Lottery ticket to earn $1 million dollars

They also announced a COVID-19 vaccination lottery Tuesday as an incentive to get more people protected against the coronavirus.

Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Lottery announced the VaxMillions Giveaway, which will offer five $1 million prizes for those 18 and older and five $300,000 scholarship grants to a 529 College Savings Plan managed by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority for those 12 to 17 years old.

Residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who received their vaccination in Massachusetts can register starting July 1. Weekly drawings will begin the week of July 26 and will continue through Aug. 27.

Similar lotteries have increased vaccination numbers in other states. In California, 10 people will be picked Tuesday for the grand prize of $1.5 million each in the state’s Vax for the Win lottery.

Chance to win free coffee for a year on Dunkin and Museum of Science

The Baker Administration announced partnerships with Canton-based Dunkin' and the Museum of Science.

Anyone who gets a shot at the Hynes will be given a free iced coffee and be entered for a chance to win the prize of free coffee for a year. Five winners will be selected each day, the state said.

In cooperation with the Museum of Science and CIC Health, a vaccination clinic will be held at the museum on Friday and Saturday. Anyone who gets vaccinated there will get free parking and two free tickets to the museum for a future date.

Final thoughts

Incentives are increasingly becoming a part of the push to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. Several private companies are offering giveaways or sweepstakes and some states are offering lotteries with cash prizes.

A lot of people talk about they don't want to be forced to do something. And a lot of people just about they're a little scared of it. The state plans to motivate people with these gifts to see if they finally decide to do so despite their thoughts.

What do you think about this? Do you think people will be motivated by this?

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