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Offer incentives to get booster rate up

Since the Omicron COVID-19 variant reached our shores, the authorities have been warning us of impending spikes in cases as the new strain slowly replaces Delta as the dominant variant.

As a result, multiple calls have been made for double-dosed individuals to get the third shot, to protect the populace against severe symptoms that may arise from the coronavirus.

As a boosted individual, I completely understand the frustration of trying to get people to take their health more seriously, especially when the world continues to battle the pandemic two years on.

Recently, the authorities expressed disappointment over the slow uptake of booster shots, with the forecast of 70-per-cent rate by the end of this month being far off the mark.

Perhaps the authorities could consider offering incentives to the populace in the form of goody bags upon receiving the booster shot or supermarket vouchers, a strategy that has been adopted by a number of countries.

Peanut Man