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The world is going through a phase of vaccination at present as it attempts to keep the Covid-19 pandemic in check, and in Long Beach, California, residents are being offered incentives to get themselves protected.

As part of the city's incentive program to encourage vaccinations, those who get their jab before this coming Saturday at any city-run vaccination site will automatically be entered into a prize draw. Up for grabs is a Nintendo Switch console or the chance to stay at a local hotel for two nights. Parental consent will be required for those under the age of 18.

Explaining the initiative, Mayor Robert Garcia said:

We are going to continue to provide incentives and new ideas to get residents vaccinated. We continue to vaccinate folks every day and these drawings are another way of reaching different populations.

This isn't the first time the city has used prizes to tempt people into getting the vaccine – last week, two free tickets to the 'Aquarium of the Pacific' were up for grabs.

So far, 53,223 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Long Beach, with 934 deaths.