Battling what they consider lack of interest in vaccination in Baltimore, city health bureaucrats have decided to get “creative” with their assertive measures – nagging, shaming, and possibly even crossing a moral line.
“Mimosas with the girls this weekend? It's a bad idea if you haven’t been vaxxed,” says one of the recent ads posted by the city’s health department, featuring a pouting woman being lectured by a male partner.
Mimosas with the girls this weekend? It's a bad idea if you haven’t been vaxxed.— B'more City Health (@BMore_Healthy) April 30, 2021
Visit https://t.co/S8vddiR44T or call 443-984-8650
M-F 8:30am-6:30pm, Sat: 9:00am-1:00pm #BALTIMOREvsCOVID
photo by @fizkes pic.twitter.com/NTtAaYirFX
Going for equal-opportunity nagging, another Baltimore ad featured a woman lecturing a man he can’t go socialize with friends without getting the jab.
Hanging out at Kevin’s house is a bad idea if you haven’t been vaxxed.— B'more City Health (@BMore_Healthy) April 29, 2021
Have the conversation. Visit https://t.co/S8vddj8EWr or call 443-984-8650 to schedule your appointment!#BaltimoreversusCOVID pic.twitter.com/PO9rY6sMz9
Other ads appealed to the city’s African-American residents, as well as Spanish-speakers – who were told “no papers, no problem.”
Baltimore gonna Baltimore pic.twitter.com/9iUtjs0dR9— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 3, 2021
More than a few Baltimoreans recognized the ominous tropes from the much-panned UK ads, which seemed designed to instill fear rather than impart knowledge.
Meanwhile, the city “has taken a proactive approach, partnering with hospitals and pharmacies to create mobile vaccine teams to vaccinate those most at risk of severe Covid-19,” ProPublica reported on Saturday.
The Baltimore City Health Department even played fast and loose with separation of church and state, collaborating with Johns Hopkins University and area bishops to suggest what behaviors were permitted inside houses of worship.
Today at 2:00 p.m., I will hold a press conference with @Bmore_Healthy Commissioner Dr. Dzirasa and @HopkinsMedicine to announce a partnership focused on safe worship for religious facilities during COVID-19. Tune in live on my Facebook page @MayorBMScott. pic.twitter.com/0ihlsKrrbL— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) April 26, 2021
On Monday, the state of Maryland started offering its employees a $100 payment to encourage vaccination. Governor Larry Hogan announced that the government was “further encouraging state employees to get vaccinated to help keep themselves, their families, and their communities healthy and safe.”
The program is projected to cost $5 million and will require participants to show certificates of vaccination to state government employees at the Human Resources Office – meaning one can’t simply look like a state employee, one must actually be one.
As of May 1, about 2.75 million Marylanders – about 46% of the state’s total population – have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 2.09 million, or 35%, were considered fully vaccinated.
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Baltimore’s ad campaign also pointed out those not vaccinated “should still be wearing a mask,” but that messaging has been undercut by none other than President Joe Biden, who has persisted in masking up even outdoors and after being fully vaccinated – and after his own CDC had told Americans there was no need to do that.
The US state of Colorado has tried a different approach, telling its residents they can be exempt from the indoor mask mandate – extended until June – if at least 80% of people gathering inside are fully vaccinated and can prove it.
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