The Antigua and Barbuda government is offering in a raffle an 8,000 square feet parcel of land as an inducement to get nationals vaccinated as the island moves to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Anyone vaccinated between June 7 and June 30 fit the criteria.
“Although nearly 35,000 adults have taken the first dose at this time, at least 5,000 additional first-doses need to be administered by June 30,” a government spokesman said. Parliamentarians and their family members are disqualified from participating in the raffle. Other incentives to get jabs will continue, including food, gasoline, and gift vouchers.
Meanwhile, the leader of the United Progressive Party has criticised attempts by the government to “bribe” residents to get vaccinated, and has called them ineffective.
Harold Lovell said that bribing those who are already sceptical about getting the jab does not make sense and insists intensive educational campaigns will better mitigate the dilemma. Lovell said people need as much information as possible to be able to make informed choices.