Don’t Die to I’ll Give You 100 Dollars – What’s the winning argument? | Covid-19
Don’t kill your grandmother.
Don’t end up in the hospital.
Did that convince you to get a shot?
It turned out that these arguments worked great – but only for about half the adult population.
But how do you convince the other 40% of the adult population to get the shot? If we don’t, the pandemic will go on indefinitely, public health experts say.
In Gila County, 38% of all residents and 80% of those over 65 are now fully vaccinated – meaning they are 95% safe from contracting or spreading the virus.
In Apache County, 47% of all residents and 76% of those 65 and over got the shot.
In Navajo County, 37% of residents and 64% of those over 65 are fully vaccinated, according to the Federal Disease Control Centers.
In all three counties, however, fewer and fewer people are standing in line for a shot. All three counties are now rejecting vaccines from the state because they can’t register enough people for an appointment.
Additionally, new cases are increasing in Arizona – although cases are falling in most regions of the country. Fortunately, the death rate is still falling here too – proof that the high vaccination rate works in the group with the highest risk of death.
Fortunately, the vaccination effort could soon get another big boost. The Federal Food and Drug Administration is about to approve the Pfizer and likely Moderna vaccine for teenagers – and even younger children. This ensures that schools that now offer classes in person, mostly without mask mandates, do not create new cases.
But how do you penetrate the haze of fear, misinformation and defiance that has led a third of the adult population to say they will oppose the vaccine?
About a third of those who were not vaccinated say they would likely get the shot if someone paid them $ 100. This is according to an ongoing survey of 7,200 unvaccinated people conducted by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles. Only 28% said they would get the shot for $ 25.
On the flip side, between 13% and 19% said they were less likely to get a shot with a cash payment. People. Imagine that.
Still, the 19% net increase on a $ 100 payment would be a big step in protecting herd immunity. When between 70% and 90% of the general population either gets a shot or has recovered from infection, clusters of new cases simply die out and end the pandemic.
Here’s another great incentive: try it, drop your mask.
The survey found that removing the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals would net 13% of unvaccinated people to get the shot. This proved to be a successful argument with 18% of Republicans and 6% of Democrats.
Most states – including Arizona – have betrayed this argument. Arizona has suspended almost all of its mask mandates, which has resulted in a sharp decline in mask wear, although interest in vaccinations has declined.
Mandates have played a key role in ending previous deadly pandemics.
The US used vaccines to virtually eradicate measles and polio by requiring children to be vaccinated before enrolling in a public school.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine is so new that it is still considered “experimental” – meaning even the military doesn’t need soldiers to get the shot. Many people use this label to indicate that the vaccine is somewhat unsafe and untested – although large clinical studies have shown that the vaccine has a near unprecedented 95% effectiveness with few serious side effects.
In addition, politicians are already mobilizing against “vaccination passports”, for example to travel overseas, to fly in planes or to take part in mass gatherings. Such an approach would give the reluctant a specific reason to get a shot and thereby end the pandemic – at least in the United States. The virus continues to rage uncontrollably in countries like India and South America.
Interestingly, cash payments and not wearing masks turned out to be much stronger arguments for the unvaccinated than for more sensible incentives – such as providing information about vaccines, recommendations from doctors and public health experts, media reports, and statements from politicians.
Meanwhile, Arizona along with most other states simply lifted most of the restrictions. A UCLA study found that people who were not vaccinated have increasingly resumed normal life – and may indulge in gatherings that have historically served as super-spreader events even more than people who are fully vaccinated .
The survey found that in the past two weeks, 53% of those who were not vaccinated – but only 32% to 27% of those who were fully vaccinated – had eaten in a restaurant or held family celebrations with more than 10 people.