SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – San Francisco is now hosting free family events with prizes, food, and entertainment as an incentive to get vaccinated.
Prices include everything from pre-loaded clipper cards to entry tickets to the zoo and museums in the city.
We’ve seen it all – Different states and cities offer everything from cash to free beer as an incentive to get vaccinated.
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Now that much of the city is vaccinated, San Francisco is stepping in in hopes of influencing those who haven’t yet received their vaccine before the state’s reopening plan on June 15.
You can now get a COVID vaccine, plus free food, entertainment, and prizes in San Francisco.
The Ministry of Health’s latest vaccination strategy allows more people 12 and older to be vaccinated who are either hesitant or have no access.
“We look at those who hesitate or need a little more information. We have found that this is not only the case when you read about or hear about the hesitation. A lot actually has to do with access, you know, is there a vaccination station in the neighborhood near where I live? I may need more information. I don’t have a family doctor, ”said Noel Sanchez.
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According to Noel Sanchez, of the San Francisco Department of Health, 77% of people aged 16 and over in the city have received at least one dose of vaccine, and around 50% of 12 to 15 year olds have received at least one shot.
Through freebies and prizes at these events, including pre-loaded clipper cards, free tickets to the city’s zoo and museums, and free tickets to the Skystar Wheel in Golden Gate Park.
The Ministry of Health hopes to motivate more young people to vaccinate.
“We greet summer with every eligible family member who has been vaccinated. This is the greatest gift we can give the city, the best gift we can give the community, ”said Sanchez.
Events take place on Fridays and Saturdays in neighborhoods like Bayview, Mission and Western Addition.
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Sanchez says the goal is to reach more color communities too.
“We have a lot of work and opportunity with our communities of colors, Latinx, Black Africans, people or families who have traditionally been excluded from the system or believe they have been excluded so we can do something about the trust, access, justice,” said Sanchez.
The new incentives follow a trend we are seeing across the country.
For example, West Virginia offers $ 100 savings bonds for 16- to 35-year-olds who are vaccinated, and Maryland pays $ 100 fully vaccinated government employees.
Some New Jersey breweries also hand out free drinks, while Connecticut and Washington, DC do something similar.
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Ohio takes the cake. The state has set up a $ 1 million vaccination lottery that awards the lump sum to five lucky residents.
The events run until June 5th.
The next one will take place this Friday at Bayview.
Below is the event schedule:
- Friday, May 28, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm: Bayview Family Event, 90 Kiska Road
- Saturday, May 29, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Lakeview / OMI Family Event, 50 Broad Street
- Saturday May 29 and Saturday June 5: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Zuckerberg SF General Hospital Family Event, 1001 Potrero Avenue, 4E, Building 5
- Friday, June 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Fillmore Family Event, First Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Webster St.
- Saturday, June 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Bayview Family Event, Southeast Health Center, 2401 Keith Street