Small Caribbean Island Nation to Pay People to Take COVID-19 Vaccine

Small Caribbean Island Nation to Pay People to Take COVID-19 Vaccine

The government of the small Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda considered a number of tactics to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations, and finally, the country’s Minister of Health, Wellness & The Environment, determined it would pay people to take the COVID-19 vaccine. This government agency contracted with the Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy to offer EC$50 food vouchers to each and every individual that steps up for the jab. The island of Antigua’s largest food market would be paid by the government in the deal, which raises a number of questions, given the economy of the low-to middle-income country. 

According to Johns Hopkins University data, this island nation’s primary wave associated with the pandemic occurred during February 2021 through the end of March, and since then, the number of new cases per day has waned. With an estimated population of  98,731, the country reports just 1,241 COVID-19 cases with 33 deaths.

The economy of Antigua and Barbuda is heavily dependent on tourism (over 50% of GDP), hence the push to more than likely achieve what’s deemed “herd immunity" via vaccination. Although, there are attempts to diversify economic activity into transpor...

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