Vaccination Incentive Is Not Exactly a Shot and a Beer but Is Rather Sweet Nonetheless

Vaccine incentive Bucks County Rita's Water Ice
Image via Bucks County Online Press Office.
Dr. David Damsker vaccinated “Ice Guy.” the Rita’s Water Ice mascot.

COVID-19 vaccine rates in Bucks County are beating back the numbers. But the level of participation is slowing. To maintain the momentum, there’s a “sweeet” incentive on the table, reports the Bucks County Press Office. 

The Bucks County Commissioners announced a $30,000 partnership with Rita’s Italian Ice to encourage vaccinations for residents. Get a shot from a county-run clinic, get a voucher for a Rita’s treat.  

The gesture – funded mostly through donations from Bensalem-based Rita’s – is part of the county’s efforts to ramp up community outreach to get more people vaccinated. 

“Now there is no excuse for not getting your COVID vaccine,” said Commissioners’ Chair Diane Ellis-Marseglia at the Neshaminy Mall vaccination site. “We are so honored to be able to partner with Rita’s and offer everyone who comes in to get a vaccine a free Rita’s coupon.” 

The county’s vaccination push continues to be highly successful and effective, with more than a half-million doses of vaccine administered countywide. 

Bucks County Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker, who jokingly administered a vaccine shot to “Ice Guy” (Rita’s mascot), said the county is “in a really good spot right now” in its battle with COVID. 

More on this offer is at the Bucks County online press office

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