Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne admits Kentucky Fried Chicken may be offered as an incentive to residents who take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Browne said he has been told that KFC will be a popular option. He said the government may well be prepared to explore the option of giving a bucket of KFC for the first COVID-19 jab.
Currently, residents can benefit from a EC$50 (KY$15) food voucher and will this week benefit from a EC$50 gas voucher with the first COVID-19 jab.
Browne says this is not strange considering that other countries are offering their own incentives such as cannabis and lottery winnings in exchange for the jab.
So far, about 32,000 of Antigua’s 96,000 residents have been vaccinated. Browne, who is also finance minister, says if 70,000 residents are not vaccinated in the coming months, there will be serious consequences for the country.
He said failure to vaccinate the nation would result in a possible collapse of the tourism sector and further devastating the local economy.