US dangles haircuts and beer to boost COVID-19 vaccination rate

Drink a beer, sit back for a haircut — and get your COVID-19 vaccination.

That was President Joe Biden’s message in launching a huge final push to inoculate 70% of the US adult population by the national holiday of July 4th.

The White House has recruited everything from big beer brewers to barber shops and salons to spearhead the effort.

Biden said the country is on the cusp of achieving the 70% goal. Currently, 63% of adults have received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine. Twelve states have crossed 70% and more were expected to get there last week.

Just over half of adults have been fully vaccinated, leading to a plunge in the virus toll, which has killed some 600,000 Americans.

Biden said daily cases are below 20,000 for first time since March 2020 and death rates are down over 85%.

Some states are offering lotteries with prizes as big as one million dollars. In West Virginia, firearms and pick-up trucks are on the prize list.


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