Ethical Considerations of Offering Benefits to COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients
Vaccine incentives, Benefit programs
Sturm College of Law
Etry into a million-dollar lottery for getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is Ohio’s offer to adults. Teens who get vaccinated receive a lottery ticket for state college tuition, room, board, and more. Other states are offering gift cards. Now many employers are offering rewards for COVID-19 vaccination. Businesses ranging from Krispy Kreme and Sam Adams beer to the Cincinnati Reds have announced discounts or prizes for vaccinated individuals. Are these benefit programs ethical? Are they useful? Are they better than mandates?
Govind Persad & Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Ethical Considerations of Offering Benefits to COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients, 326 JAMA 221 (2021).