Washington state officials are now proposing a “bite firecracker” (“prick joints”) to encourage the population to get immunized against COVID-19 and revive the vaccination rhythm.
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Cannabis dispensaries in the northwestern state of the United States, which legalized recreational use in 2012, may offer a pre-collapsed joint to anyone 21 years of age or older who gets vaccinated locally.
The move follows from a permit issued last month to bars and other drinking establishments in the state to offer alcohol to vaccinated adults.
Just over half of adults in Washington state (54%) have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the latest statistics.
But the pace has slowed, as in the rest of the United States, and in recent weeks there has been an increase in the most original initiatives designed to encourage people unwilling to take the plunge.
Many states, such as California and Ohio, have established “lotteries” offering cash, university scholarships, and other prizes of all kinds to people on the vaccine list.
Others offered venues for sporting events, plane tickets, beer, even vans and shotguns in the West Virginia countryside. Several cannabis pharmacies in Arizona have already given out samples of their products to customers who are to be vaccinated on site.
President Joe Biden has set a goal for 70% of adults to receive at least one vaccine by July 4th, a national holiday in the United States.
According to the latest data from health authorities, this figure is currently 63.7%.