Tuesday, 04 May 2021 18:24

Tesla for a COVID-19 Vaccine: NY Doctor Offers Ultimate Incentive

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


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A family physician in Buffalo, NY, is attempting to incentivize the COVID-19 vaccine by giving away a Tesla in a raffle.

Normal raffle prizes usually won’t top this one, as a flashy and high-tech Tesla will be the prize for one lucky winner who is willing to get vaccinated.


Dr. Raul Vazquez of Urban Family Practice had an idea to bring awareness to and hopefully encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine: Everyone who gets vaccinated will be entered into a raffle and the winner will get a new Tesla.


“It’s behavioral economics,” Vazquez, who opened Urban Family Practice in 1996, told Buffalo Business First. “It’s one car, but it will get everyone motivated, and it’s not a big investment.”


He told Teslarati, as a believer in global climate change, this was the perfect incentive as electric cars give off zero emissions.


Urban Family Health partnered with Buffalo Public Schools to set up units at city schools in order to expand the rollout of the vaccine in their region. The “pop-ups,” as an Urban Family Practice employee referred to them to Teslarati, can deliver 500 shots per day.


Raffle tickets will be given when participants get their second vaccination shot, meaning the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available for patients.


So far, Vazquez has administered more than 7,000 vaccines personally.


“It’s so important to get the immunity levels up,” he said. “There’s a lot of hesitancy with the vaccine, especially since the Johnson & Johnson blood clot reports. But next week, hopefully, the FDA will give the Pfizer vaccine permanent approval, which will be great for vaccines.”


According to Our World in Data, a site that provides COVID-19 vaccination statistics to Google, more than 247 million doses of the vaccine have been given in the U.S. so far; 32.1% of the population is fully vaccinated. More than...

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