Covid vaccine incentives make U.S. look like a nation of sulky adolescents,' doctor says

By Emily De Ciccio10 days ago

Key Points

  • Dr. Peter Hotez said Tuesday that the optics of having to incentivize the Covid vaccine do not put the U.S. in a positive light to the rest of the world.
  • When people are clamoring for vaccines in India and in Brazil, it just makes us look like a nation of sulky adolescentsso if it's absolutely necessary, sure, although it's tough to swallow, Hotez said.
  • A recent survey from UCLA showed that roughly one-third of unvaccinated people said a $100 cash payment would make them more likely to get a shot.

Dr. Peter Hotez said Tuesday that the optics of having to incentivize the Covid vaccine do not put the U.S. in a positive light to the rest of the world.

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When people are clamoring for vaccines in India and in Brazil, it just makes us look like a nation of sulky adolescents. So if it's absolutely necessary, sure, although it's tough to swallow, said Hotez, who is the dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

A recent survey from UCLA showed that roughly one-third of unvaccinated people said a $100 cash payment would make them more likely to get a shot.

The pace of vaccinations has been slipping nationwide. The U.S. is averaging about 2.3 million shots per day, which is down 32% from the peak last month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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