Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-09-18 23:01:00 –
Saturday, September 18, 2021 | 8:01 pm
Hundreds of residents appeared at El Dorado High School on Saturday to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and received an additional $ 100 gift card bonus thanks to the Clark County Pilot Program.
The area near the school has the highest number of cases of coronavirus, so the two-day clinic targeted northeastern Las Vegas, officials said.
A total of 423 shots were administered. This shows that additional financial incentives can be an effective tool for combating stagnant vaccination rates.
“Oh, it helped me. I’ve been pushing this idea for a long time,” said Tick Segerbrom of the Clark County Commission. “Finally, everyone said,’OK, let’s try,’ and I was afraid it wouldn’t make a difference. But as you can see, I think it really makes a difference.”
The program, which initially cost $ 100,000, was funded by a federal coronavirus bailout, Segerblom said.
Based on Saturday’s turnout, Segerblom said he hopes the program will be extended to other zip codes with low rates of vaccination. More clinics can be opened in schools and shopping districts, and people will soon be able to use gift cards.
“We need to get people vaccinated and make sure our economy doesn’t collapse again,” he said.
The Nevada Health Response reports that 64.5% of Clark County residents have been vaccinated at least once, compared to 53.3% who are fully immunized.
However, additional financial incentives may be sufficient to stabilize vaccination rates as autumn approaches.
“Obviously, like $ 100, everyone on the fence is going to do that,” said Keenan Rafun, 31, who was on Saturday with his wife Ursula to get a jab in El Dorado. Told.
Rafun said the entire family had been infected with COVID last December and decided it was time to get vaccinated. They plan to use gift cards for invoices, among other things.
“It was easy,” he said. “We didn’t have to rush to get the vaccine, and when I heard about antibody depletion, I thought it was time for us to launch an attack.”
An additional 500 gift cards will be available on Sundays when the clinic runs from 10 am to 4 pm in El Dorado near Christine Lane and Washington Avenue.schedule Can be made here, And limited carry-on will be accepted, said Stacey Welling, a spokesman for Clark County.
Ethan Lucero, 19, from Las Vegas, said she had been infected with COVID-19 earlier this year, but waited until Saturday for her first dose. He said he didn’t know what to use his gift card for.
“Well, to be honest, I and the needle don’t really work,” Lucero said. “And I was scared to hear about some of those risks … but at some point I have to realize that the benefits outweigh the risks.”
As the program expands, it is important to keep the clinic in the most accessible location in need, says Justin Jones, commissioner representing the southwestern part of the county.
“It’s just a proof that when we offer opportunities in people’s neighborhoods, they’ll come out and do the right thing when it comes to their own health,” Jones said.