The reluctance of certain sectors of the population to be vaccinated against COVID-19, even with the possibility of doing so, has led the government and organizations of Florida, United States, to devise motivations for citizens that lead them to be immunized.

From offering free donuts for a year free in exchange for providing proof of vaccination, to incredible discounts at public events, or rather an extra charge for not being vaccinated.

This is the case of a punk rock concert where Teenage Bottlerocket, MakeWar and Rutterkin will perform, and in which people vaccinated against the coronavirus will pay a modest amount of 18 dollars, while those not vaccinated will have to pay $1,000.

As Leadfoot Promotions representative Paul Williams explained to WFTS, the fee is a fair way to compensate for putting other people at risk by not getting vaccinated.

“We are just trying to put on a show safely. And they should go out and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their community,” he told the aforementioned media.

Florida has been the third state with the third highest number of infections and deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, and the state government has done little to alleviate the situation.

Governor Ron DeSantis refused to impose security measures on the territory throughout the crisis and ended up eliminating any type of restriction for several months.

It also invalidated any fines related to the pandemic imposed since March 2020, and refused to impose mandatory vaccination, despite the fact that it is necessary for most of the population to be inoculated for the immunization to take effect.

On the part of citizens, many have refused to be vaccinated, including health personnel, claiming that it is illegal to force them to do so and that their “freedom” must be respected.

Likewise, the state has warned that people not vaccinated against COVID-19 should not be “discriminated against”, despite representing a risk of contagion, even for vaccinated people.

On this last point, Williams pointed out that their rates are not discriminatory, since they are not denying them access.

“Those who are not vaccinated can buy the full price ticket, and if they do, they will be treated like everyone else,” he said.

According to the organizer, so far no one has bought a full-price ticket, so it can be assured that the event will be 100% safe from COVID-19.

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