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The Staffs at a south-central Washington state jail have found a cheap, effective way to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among inmates, by offering them ramen noodles as an incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Olympian reported, Benton County Jail, located in Kennewick, Washington, has been giving out the beloved commissary item to those who sign up for their first vaccine jab in a program called “Soups for Shots.”

According to the report, a poster advertising the program says participants get “10 free ramen noodle soups.”

On Sunday, Scott Souza, chief of corrections for the Benton County Corrections Department said that the jail said it expected to distribute 900 packets of noodle soup to 90 inmates by Monday.

Souza told The Olympian, “We’re doing everything we can do to incentivize vaccination and we are getting outstanding response.”

Research shows that prisoners were more likely to contract the coronavirus behind bars, as Insider previously reported.

Per the Abc News, Benton County Jail is not the only facility to offer vaccine incentives to its inmate population. In Alabama prisons, inmates can receive $5 commissary credits if they get the shot.

The KWCH-TV reported that Sedgwick County Jail in Wichita, Kansas has been offering $10 worth of commissary items to encourage vaccinations.

Lt. Jared Schechter told the news station, “The goal is to mitigate COVID-19 in the jail as much as possible. It’s a correctional environment, We’re running at capacity or more above capacity today on inmates, and so social distancing is very difficult to do in a correctional environment.”

A slew of companies, celebrities, and local governments have offered incentives for people to get the vaccine as well. The trend appears to have been started in March by Krispy Kreme, which started giving out free donuts to anyone who had received a coronavirus vaccine. Celebrity Chef José Andrés announced that he would give a $50 gift certificate for his Think Food Group restaurants to anyone who shows proof that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Washington, D.C., treated those who got the jab to free beer at at least one pop-up site. The city also teamed up with Uber to provide free round-trips for those who wished to come to the vaccination and beer event.

Sources: Dailywire, News.yahoo, Kwch, Insider, Theolympian, Abcnews

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