How a $300 vaccine payment compares globally

Debate is ramping up over whether Australia needs cash for jabs to boost the nation’s vaccination rate.

Labor has proposed $300 payments for everyone fully vaccinated by December 1.

But how does it compare to incentives on offer elsewhere in the world?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits a Sydney vaccine hub. (Nine)

The United States

Getting a COVID-19 jab in America can leave you with more than just a sore arm.

US President Joe Biden has urged the states to offer $100 vaccine incentives, as case numbers rise.

President Joe Biden speaks about vaccine requirements for federal workers in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In Moscow, a month-long prize draw was held, giving out five cars a week to vaccinated citizens.

The rewards have a been a little more modest in China, including coupons at shopping malls and free entry to temples.

Free eggs were also offered to residents aged over 60 at one health clinic in Beijing.

A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac in Bangkok. (Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images)

The allure of free food was also used at a market in Romania, where snags were handed out to anyone getting their COVID-19 shot.

What about deterrents?

They’re not used as commonly, but there are punishments for the unvaccinated in some countries.

In Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, you can be fined around $470 if you haven’t had a jab.

While in the Philippines, the country’s president has threatened vaccine deniers with jail time.

Indonesia is struggling to acquire enough vaccines to reach its target of inoculating more than 181 million of its 270 million people. (AP)

Where will Australia land?

Despite slamming Labor’s cash for jabs plan, the Prime Minister left the door open to holding a vaccine lottery, if jab rates are lagging.

But for now, the government isn’t looking at cash incentives, saying the best reason to get vaccinated is to save your life and that of your loved ones.

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