The Antigua and Barbuda government is offering food vouchers as an incentive to residents who take the vaccine.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment is partnering with Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy in a “One World Protected” campaign offering an EC$50 (KY$15) food voucher to each person receiving a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne recently warned of the possibility of implementing a mandatory vaccination programme as he criticised people who were encouraging others not to participate in the national vaccination programme. The voucher is not redeemable for cash or change and must be used in one transaction.
Browne said that the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the socio-economic development of the island since the first case was diagnosed last March.” Well, I want to say definitively to the people of Antigua and Barbuda that we do not have the luxury of not getting vaccinated and if we do not get the herd immunity perhaps in the next 60 to 90 days there is going to be weeping and gnashing of teeth in this country,” Browne said, adding “that is the reality of it”.