Government hands out gift cards, scholarships with vaccine

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

Oregon government officials are bribing people with cash incentives to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. In Malheur County, the Oregon county ranking last in vaccine rates, offered $20 local business gift cards to the first 250 people receiving the shots at a Four River Cultural Center clinic.

On the State level, Gov. Kate Brown also offered cash incentives for people to be vaccinated. Oregonians 18 and older who receive the vaccine by June 27 will be entered into a $1 million statewide lottery. Because all vaccinated people are automatically enrolled (which represents nearly 70% of the Oregon population) it makes it the local lottery with the worst odds in human history.

Each county also will let vaccinated residents compete in a lottery for $10,000. And students 12 to 17 who receive the vaccine could qualify for one of five $100,000 scholarships.

What are your thoughts on government doling out gift cards, lottery prizes and scholarships in exchange for vaccines?

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