The Ethics And Efficacy Of Vaccine Incentives

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Vaccine incentive programs are grabbing headlines of late — from free guns in West Virginia to lottery tickets in Ohio.

They're controversial, pitting the push to get shots into arms against the idea that people should want to get a shot in their arm.

Massachusetts ranks near the very top for percentage of adults vaccinated, but even we are jumping into the incentives game, funding $25 Market Basket gift cards, and reportedly exploring using the state lottery.

We discuss the ethics and efficacy of these ideas with Dr. Ashish Jha, health policy researcher and Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, and Michael Curry, president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and a member of the NAACP's board of directors.

This segment aired on June 3, 2021.

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