As Caribbean countries continue to receive COVID-19 vaccine shipments through the COVAX Facility, many of the island’s population are still very hesitant to receive vaccinations. Now, Antigua and Barbuda’s government are attempting to offer its citizens free Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) as an incentive to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne said he has been informed that KFC is by all accounts an attractive alternative. He said the public authority likely could be set up to investigate the alternative of giving a bucket of KFC for the first COVID-19 jab.
At present, citizens can profit by a $50 food voucher and will next week benefit from a $50 gas voucher with the first COVID-19 jab.
Browne says this isn’t weird thinking that different nations are offering their own motivators, for example, cannabis and lottery rewards in return for the vaccine.
Up until now, around 32,000 of Antigua’s 96,000 inhabitants have been immunized. Browne, who is additionally money serve, says if 70,000 inhabitants are not inoculated in the coming months, there will be not kidding ramifications for the country.
“I want you to understand the consequences of us not achieving herd immunity. I want you to understand that if the vaccination process continues to move at a slow pace and within the next several weeks, we do not achieve herd immunity that we will be exposing this country to perhaps a third and more deadly wave of COVID”.
He cautioned that this new wave would bring about potential lockdowns, more passings and more hospitalizations.
“The public authority is battling to meet its commitments and the more the circumstance lengthens, not just you will have huge hospitalizations and passings, yet there will come when the public authority won’t meet certain commitments including the installments of pay rates and wages,” he said.
He said the inability to immunize the country would bring about a potential breakdown of the travel industry area and further wrecking the neighborhood economy.