A CNN panel suggested the administration should persuade unvaccinated people to take the Covid-19 vaccine by offering them their freedom in return.
In a discussion on how the White House can convince “vaccine hesitant” individuals to dose up, CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen urged using the promise of freedom and a return to normality as incentives.
“If we can tell those individuals who otherwise would not get vaccinated, if we say to them, the moment of freedom for you is when you get vaccinated, when you reach the two-week mark, these are people who otherwise might not be vaccinated, so let’s give them that incentive,” Wen said Thursday.
Wen made similar remarks earlier this month when she suggested the CDC and the White House use the promise of freedom as a proverbial “carrot” on a stick for unvaccinated individuals.
“And we need to make it clear to them that the vaccine is the ticket back to pre-pandemic life,” Wen told Chris Cuomo, adding “And we have a very narrow window to tie reopening policy to vaccination status.”
“Because otherwise, if everything is reopened, then what’s the carrot going to be? How are we going to incentivize people to actually get the vaccine?”
“So that’s why I think the CDC and Biden administration needs to come out a lot bolder and say,’If you are vaccinated, you can do all these things. Here are all these freedoms you have.’”