A year’s supply of free meat is the latest COVID-19 vaccine bribe

A year’s supply of free meat is the latest COVID-19 vaccine
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Where’s the beef? In the hands of Utah’s vaccinated population.

JBS Foods is offering five pounds of free ground beef — along with an entry to win a full year’s supply of free meat — to any person who shows up to get jabbed at either of the city of Hyrum’s two COVID-19 vaccination sites, according to KUTV.

Utah is working with the Bear River Health Department and the beef processing plant in Hyrum to launch the campaign: “Your Shot at Free Meat for a Year.”

Apart from the free beef initiative, one winner from each vaccination site will receive a year’s worth of beef, pork and poultry for a family of four.

“Every COVID-19 vaccine received will help keep our team members and our community safe and healthy,” said JBS Hyrum plant manager Darren Olsen in a statement. “This sweepstakes is a great incentive to encourage everyone to come out and do their part to help put an end to the pandemic.”

The push comes as JBS seeks to see at least 5% more of its Utah staffers inoculated, bringing their rate up to 70% — on par with the the company’s overall workforce of 66,000 employees across their 84 US factories.

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From private companies to government agencies and universities, many local leaders have resorted to various incentives as a way to encourage vaccine uptake among the nation’s hesitant.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is offering $100 to shot recipients at some of New York City’s vaccination sites — after Shake Shack fries and Brooklyn Nets tickets failed to lure enough residents. Meanwhile, disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York hoped free $5 million scratch-offs would work to get needles in arms.

What’s better than a free $100? Tack on another 0, said investment firm Vanguard, whose 17,300 employees could earn $1,000 for getting the jab.

Sweepstakes and lotteries have also been a popular tactic in Ohio, where some 10 recently inoculated winners received $1 million jackpots, or at Virginia-based IT firm Leidos, who gave 10 randomly selected employees a year’s salary for getting their shots. Auburn University in Alabama is dolling out prizes to help recently vaccinated students make a return to on-campus learning, including $1,000 scholarships, meal plans and parking passes.

Give a man five pounds of ground beef, and he’ll eat for a week; give him a firearm and he’ll eat for a lifetime, according to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who is motivating his constituents with the prospect of unlimited free meat — offering vaccinated winners free fishing permits, hunting rifles and shotguns, brand new pick-up trucks for hauling their kills and even a $1 million grand prize.

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