Chiang Mai –
In order to convince residents to be vaccinated against Covid-19, many provinces and companies are starting to offer incentives for those who sign up for inoculation.
The Mae Chaem district of Chiang Mai province launched a campaign to offer a lucky winner a free cow every week for their local residents who are vaccinated to encourage the local Covid-19 vaccination, the Mae Chaem district sheriff said yesterday, May 20th.
Starting next month, a lucky vaccinated villager in the district will be randomly chosen every week to win a young cow worth around 10,000 baht. The campaign was initially set to run for 24 weeks.
District sheriff Boonlue Thammathanurak told reporters that the campaign was launched to boost the local interest for the Covid-19 vaccination as not many people gave their attention to it. However, more people have registered for the vaccination after the free-cow scheme was advertised in the district.
He said: “The vaccine registration numbers have reached from hundreds to thousands in a couple of days after we announced the campaign. They love cows. They believe that having a cow is like having a large amount of deposit money. Cows can be sold for cash.”
“More people also joined a seminar discussing the significance of the vaccine, which allowed the public health staff to provide more information about Covid-19 and the vaccination.”
More than 4,000 people in priority groups, including those over 60 years old and those with health conditions, have already registered for their shots, Boonlue added.
Other provinces and many private companies in Thailand have also come up with similar incentives to boost registration, such as giveaways, discount coupons, or cash handouts.
The Phon district of Khon Kaen province also offers gold necklace giveaways for three lucky vaccinated residents. Everyone who is vaccinated will receive discount coupons to be used at more than 30 local stores in the district as well.
Major fast-food companies also offer free dishes to their vaccinated customers once they present the vaccine certificate to the staff. McDonald’s Thailand offers free french-fries and Texas Chicken Thailand offers free chicken to customers nationwide. Thailand is ramping up its vaccination efforts against Covid-19 even as a major round of infections, mostly centered in and around Bangkok, continues to wreak havoc on the economy.
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