A cannabis dispensary in central California sells select products for just one dime to any customer who shows a valid COVID-19 vaccine ID as prices drop across the state.
The 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center in Contra Costa County – 40 miles west of Dan Francisco – started its promotion last week, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On Thursday, the pharmacy reports that more than 400 people have already taken advantage of the discount.
This is because daily vaccination rates are falling across the state and across the country, falling 54 percent in California and 75 percent in the US – making it unlikely that President Joe Biden will reach his goal of Independence Day 70 Percent of adults at least partially vaccinated.
7 Stars Holistic Healing Center offers cannabis products for just one penny to customers who provide proof of vaccination
“We wanted to offer our platform to help the state achieve its goal of immunity to COVID-19,” said Zee Handoush, executive director of the 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center, in a statement.
“We saw other local companies offering vaccination incentives and we wanted to add cannabis to that growing list.”
The company said it sells products in the $ 20-30 range for just $ 0.01 when proof of vaccination is presented.
Ben Grambergu, the pharmacy’s director of marketing, believes the effort is already helping to vaccinate more people in the community.
“It seems to be moving the needle,” he told the Times.
“I think it actually helps to get some of these people into the cannabis community.”
The pharmacy joins a wider effort by private companies and state governments across the country to incentivize Americans who get vaccinated.
Krispy Kreme was the first company to make headlines nationwide with an incentive for Americans to vaccinate by offering a free donut every day to anyone who presented proof of vaccination.
CVS Health later joined in and ran a massive sweepstakes for anyone who got vaccinated at pharmacies, including cash, cruises, and other trips.
Some state governments have offered vaccination lotteries, including California.
Last week, Gov Gavin Newsom drew the first-ever winner of the state’s $ 50.00 vaccine lottery, which is eligible for all Californians who received the vaccinations
The effort comes as the demand for vaccines has dropped over the past few weeks.
In The Golden State, health department data shows a 54 percent decrease from 284,000 per day last month to 129,000 per day.
In the US, more than 20 million vaccines were distributed in the first week of April, while only about five million doses were given in the last seven days, a 75 percent drop in demand.
Despite the decline, California is currently overtaking the rest of the nation with the introduction of vaccines.
About 56 percent of Californians have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to official data from the state, compared to about 52 percent of the national population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Contra Costa County is roughly on par with the rest of the state: 57 percent of the population has been vaccinated to date.
Case numbers in Contra Costa County have fallen sharply since they peaked in winter
The district has largely had its COVID situation under control, even in winter, since an increase.
More than 100 new cases in one day have not been registered since April, a success for a district with over 1.1 million inhabitants.
Cases across the state have also steadily declined, with the state recording an average of around 1,000 cases per day for the past week.