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Opinion | If it takes a shot at a car to get a shot in the arm - so be it | Otis Sanford

Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on the effort to get people to get vaccinated.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When you think about it, it seems incredible to have to entice people to protect their own health – by offering them a chance to win a car. But that’s how far local officials have gone to get more people to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Shots in the arm have slowed a great deal of late – mostly because younger people have been reluctant to roll up their sleeves – as well as some older residents for political reasons.

But we are trying to get to some semblance of normalcy. Mask mandates could be lifted as early as next week, and we are returning to ball games and festivals. So it is imperative that we reach a level of immunity that will make those things doable and safe.

Offering a chance at a car might seem reasonable, but really, the better odds are to just get the vaccine, breathe a sigh of relief, even post a selfie on social media and then get back to living.

This virus has brought out the best and worse in society. The speed in which vaccines were developed has been amazing. And despite a rocky start, the logistics to get shots have been commendable. But we can’t stop now. The vaccines are our only way out of the pandemic. And if it takes a shot at a car to get a shot in the arm – so be it. And that’s my point of view.