Larry Flynt’s Vegas club offering vaccines, other states use lottery to offer cash prizes for vaccinated

Las Vegas is known for its high stakes and intoxicating nights, but now a visit to the Vegas strip might include an unexpected jab.

Tucked right in between the stripper poles and spinning disco ball, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club has turned its venue into an unconventional, but very “Vegas” vaccination clinic.

JoJo Hamner, a dancer at the club, got her vaccination shot at the unorthodox clinic while wearing high heels and a French maid-inspired costume. She gripped a feather duster that topped off her costume while a nurse gave her the shot.

“This is just the most Vegas thing I’ve ever seen,” Hamner said. She waited out the 15 minute observation period in a leather chair with other vaccine recipients.

(Video: 8NewsNow Las Vegas)

The demand for COVID-19 vaccines has slowed over the past few weeks and government officials and health workers are turning to more creative ways to overcome so-called “vaccine hesitancy” and to lure people into their clinics to get the poke. Earlier this month a poll revealed that 79 percent of people who had not already rolled up their sleeves for the vaccine were not likely to change their minds.

Our World in Data shows that per day vaccinations peaked in April but the overall number of daily doses have generally trended downward since then. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims around 61 percent of Americans over age 18 had received at least one vaccination as of Sunday morning. Both statistics seem to indicate that officials might reach the vaccine saturation point soon.

“This is just another way to access our population,” said JoAnn Rupiper, the chief nurse of the Southern Nevada Health District, who was present at the strip club clinic. “It might attract some people who like the novelty of it, I suppose.”

Apparently, the novelty of the clinic was enough to attract about 100 people on Friday night before the club opened for its regular business. Several club workers were included with those that received their coronavirus vaccination that night. The club offered a $5,000 incentive package which included a platinum membership card, complimentary dances and bottle service.

Roberto Montti caved to the pressure to get the shot in part to be able to resume traveling. He also appreciated the more unique atmosphere of the Hustler Club.

“I’ve been here so many – I’ve been here a few times… Maybe 10 times, give or take,” he said, according to Fox 5.

Lisa Harper convinced her husband Michael Meyers, 70, to get the shot when she told him it would be at the Hustler club. He was initially hesitant to get the shot and worried about the short development time.

“I said, ‘Flynt’s Hustler?’ She said ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Oh! Let me consider,'” Myers recalled, although he was disappointed that there were no dancers on stage while he got the shot.

“A lot of people that wouldn’t ordinarily do it, a lot of guys, they said, they came here because it’s Hustler,” his wife Harper explained. “To take away the stodginess of it, to make it Hustler, it’s very clever.”

Other states are coming up with unique incentives to get the vaccine with New York, Maryland, and Oregon all announcing lottery campaigns that focus on cash prizes for those that get vaccinated.

Vaccinated Ohio residents will be eligible to win one of five $1 million prizes.

Ashley Hill

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