New vaccine perks: halftime shots and savings bonds

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A woman holds a child on her lap, while a healthcare worker prepares to give the woman a COVID-19 vaccine injection.
A woman gets a COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic in Texas on April 30, 2021. | Photo by CECILE CLOCHERET/AFP via Getty Images

If you’re one of the few thousand people heading to see the Milwaukee Bucks play the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, May 2nd, you have a chance to get a very special souvenir during the game — your first dose of a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The unusual vaccination drive is part of a host of new efforts across the US to get people their shots, whether that’s by bribing them with savings bonds in West Virginia or hosting vaccine clinics at professional basketball games in Wisconsin.

In the US, vaccine supplies are high, but demand is starting to taper off, as my colleague Nicole Wetsman wrote last week. That means that people are getting a lot more creative about ways to convince people to get their shots. You know, in case the free beer, free…

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