$ 18 concert tickets cost $ 1,000 for unvaccinated fans
A concert organizer in Florida charges unvaccinated punk fans $ 1,000 to attend a show with a regular price of $ 18.
The “no-vax tax” means that those who haven’t received coronavirus vaccines would have to pay 50 times the going rate to see the concert.
Paul Williams is hosting the event, titled by Teenage Bottlerocket, in St. Petersburg on June 26. receive a vaccine, or who have decided not to accept one.
“We’re just trying to make a show safe,” Williams told ABC Action News, adding that people “should go out and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their communities.” He continued, “I also wanted it to be a vaccine drive to get the guards out of the fence. I wanted the kids who wanted to go to shows to come out and take their pictures.
He said he sold around 250 standard-priced tickets, while none of the four premium passes were purchased. If any of them sold, he vowed that the buyer would not be “sidelined” at the show and “treated like everyone else”. He reported that the response to his move had been “overwhelmingly positive”, although he was also receiving annoying messages from anti-vaxxers. “Caring about people’s safety is very bad, apparently,” he noted.
One fan argued the pricing plan was unfair, claiming she had yet to receive a vaccine without her fault. Teenage Bottlerocket frontman Ray Carlisle said she was free to attend other shows where status checks weren’t in place. “We are all vaccinated,” he said. “We encourage everyone to get vaccinated so we can see you in the pit.”