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Doctor ‘gets creative’ and offers up free beer in exchange for Covid vaccine

Doctor ‘gets creative’ and offers up free beer in exchange for Covid vaccine

A doctor is urging medics to be “creative” and offer up a free pint or a glass of wine if they get a coronavirus vaccination.

The Covid vaccine race is on and with it, some doctors in the US are starting to offer up incentives to entice people to get their jab.

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In some cases, people have been offered free doughnuts or tickets for a baseball game, but Dr Gale Burstein may have the most effective incentive there is – free alcohol.

She said told SLATE the ingenious idea came from an age-old tradition of chasing hard liquor down with a beer.

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Instead of liquor, county executive Mark Poloncarz said its residents can have a free beer with every shot.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr Gale Burstein urged county’s to offer up free beer

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Dr Burstein, who is the Erie County Health Commissioner, said the state was able to vaccinate 150 people with the trick on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

She said: “”Our county executive Mark Poloncarz developed this idea. It comes from a Buffalo tradition where many times when people go out and drink, they’ll drink a shot of hard liquor and they’ll chase it down with a beer.

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“That’s a common kind of alcohol order. Mark thought of a shot and a chaser vaccine clinic, where if people received a shot of COVID-19 vaccine, they could get a pint of beer as chaser.”

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The medic said the state is just trying to be “playful” and get people through the door as the area is seeing “the highest number of new Covid infections.”

As a result, Dr Burstein said much of the Erie County population their first dose already.

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Dr Burstein said much of the Erie County population their first dose already

She said: “Now it’s time that we be creative to meet people where they are, to entice them and excite them to get a vaccine. We know that many people that age, on a weekend, especially the rare sunny Sunday afternoon in Buffalo in May, go to a brewery to have a beer or wine.

“We were able to vaccinate almost 150 people that afternoon with COVID-19 vaccine.”

A spokesman for the MHRA said: “There is currently no evidence that drinking alcohol interferes with the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines.

“We would advise anyone concerned about this to talk to their healthcare professional.”

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