SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program isn’t smoking.
Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to those who get a shot.
But cannabis retailers say many of them don’t have the space to host clinics. And some health care providers are uneasy about setting up a clinic on the site of a marijuana business.
The pot retailers also complain that they have to have an onsite clinic while the state allows breweries and wineries to give away drinks to customers who merely show proof of vaccination — no onsite clinic required.
In other vax news, private child care centers in New Mexico are the latest sites to offer perks to parents lining up to get a coronavirus vaccination.
Running through July 4, they are offering free child care to parents with vaccine appointments and to those who are recovering from vaccine side effects.
That is on top of other corporate and state incentives for getting vaccinated, which range from free beer to lottery sweepstakes.