Basketball Hall of Fame hosts vaccine clinic with extra incentive

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Basketball Hall of Fame jumped in on offering incentives for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to get the state towards herd immunity.

A million dollars, college scholarships, and now a ticket to the Basketball Hall of Fame, all across the country, states are offering incentives to get more residents vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Anything else you can do to draw out those people who are questionable still is always a good thing to help them make that decision,” said Matt Garlo, Community Relations Manager of Curative.

As vaccination rates are slowing around the country, more and more companies are partnering with medical organizations to offer incentives for people to get the shot. On Tuesday, the Basketball Hall of Fame teamed up with Curative to offer a free ticket inside in exchange for becoming fully vaccinated at their clinic.

“I know that there are a lot of kids my age who are interested in basketball and like basketball so I feel like it would be a good incentive for them to come here and do that and then get something out of it,” said Zyliana Reed-Acevedo, who received the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.

Based on data from vaccines.gov, incentives do work. People became more interested in getting vaccinated after the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people could ditch the masks. Infectious Disease experts say there are two big groups of unvaccinated people left, those who are still skeptical and those who will never get the vaccine.

“You get something out of doing it, I feel like it will motivate people more to want to come and do it,” said Reed-Acevedo.

In order to get the free Hall of Fame ticket, those vaccinated have to come back for their second dose on July 13th. It’s part of the incentive program to get people fully vaccinated. Right now 60 percent of state residents are fully vaccinated. Many infectious disease experts say we need 70 percent for herd immunity.

Vaccine clinics like these are getting state is so close to Governor Baker’s goal of 4.1 million fully vaccinated residents with just under 5,000 doses needed until we hit the mark. The goal will likely happen in Tuesday’s Department of Public Health report as we are averaging 20,000 to 30,000 shots a day.

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