The nation has rallied to encourage the younger generation and the vaccine hesitant with several incentives, schemes, prizes, lotteries, free passes, celeb endorsements, free food, free drinks and more. From President Biden to dating apps, many have put in extra efforts to motivate people to take the shot and safeguard the nation. There has been less encouragement from the GOP. However, one Floridian has creatively found a method to motivate youngsters who are disinclined to get vaccinated.
Florida Governor Ron de Santis recently signed a law forbidding the use of what are called “vaccine passports.” So, a concert promoter decided to innovate and found a way to motivate the young. He is offering differently priced tickets for concerts. The Tampa Bay resident is providing tickets at a discounted rate of $18 in exchange for vaccinations while tickets for those who have not been vaccinated cost $999.99.
Paul Williams of Lead foot Promotions in Florida wanted to plan a concert for people to enjoy themselves after the long and weary pandemic. He also wanted to promote vaccinations and came up with the above idea. He told ABC News that he wanted to get the “fence sitters off the fence.” He added that he wanted to get the kids that wanted to go to shows to go out and get their shots.
The concert, with the high and low priced tickets, is scheduled on June 26 and the venue is the VFW Post 39 in St. Petersburg, Florida. There will be performances from three punk rock bands:
- Teenage Bottlerocket
- Make War
There are about 250 discounted tickets for vaccinated persons and 4 tickets at almost a thousand dollars each for the none vaccinated, which no one has bought as yet, according to Williams.
Ray Carlisle, singer and guitar player with the Teenage Bottlerocket band told Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS that they are all vaccinated and those they encourage everyone to get vaccinated so that they could see them at the pit.
Williams has received both bouquets and brickbats for his unique initiative. He said that he has not denied entry to anyone. He said that unvaccinated concertgoers could buy a full price ticket and they would be “treated like everyone else.”
Despite all these efforts, motivations and easy rollouts, while a large part of the world reels under the pandemic with insufficient vaccines, one in four Americans say that they are not inclined towards getting vaccinated, as per the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.