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State Jail Offering Inmates Packs Of Ramen Noodles As Incentive To Get COVID Vaccine

A prison in south-central Washington state has come up with an odd incentive to encourage inmates to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

In a program they are calling “Soup for Shots”, Benton County Jail, in Kennewick, Washington, has been offering inmates 10 packs of Ramen Noodles in exchange for taking the vaccine.

According to Chief of Corrections Scott Souza, 900 ramen noodle packets have been distributed to 90 inmates since corrections officers started the program at the beginning of August.

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

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

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