Hundreds queued up to take both shots at The Dragon’s Den on the famous Frenchman Street after it partnered with Johnson & Johnson, as well as Crescent Care and the City of New Orleans to launch a community vaccination drive on Friday.
The bar advertised a free watermelon lemon drop shot and Yaka Mein noodle soup for every person who received the vaccine for the deadly pandemic, as reported by Mediaite.com.
People were photographed getting their shot in a tent on the street, followed by proudly displaying their plaster on their arm, before taking a shot in the bar nearby.
Katelyn Umholtz, a reporter for Nola.com was following the event and tweeted that health workers brought around 240 Johnson & Johnson shots with them that evening.
She added: “They had 40 people signed up 15 minutes before the event started, and the line keeps growing.”
Kate Conner, the vaccine manager at Crescent Care, told Nola.com: “We wanted to bring the vaccines to the people, and making it cool definitely helps push that.”
One person who took up the offer was Briggs Martin, who had previously claimed he wouldn’t take the shot until alcohol was involved.
At the Dragon’s Den’s Shots for Shots event, which is the most New Orleans way to convince people to get vaccinated.
They had 40 people signed up 15 minutes before the event started, and the line keeps growing. pic.twitter.com/EpGzNa9cRY
— Katelyn Umholtz (@kumh0ltz) April 10, 2021
“They called my bluff”, he said.
People posted on social media about the event, which was held on the first night that the city extended alcohol licences from 11pm to 1am, following a pandemic shut down that has greatly impacted the city’s important tourism revenue.
One individual, with the name ‘non binary gollum’ tweeted: “Howling because my friend got vaccinated at a bar lmao that’s New Orleans for you.”
A man called Jim Robert tweeted: “If you need another reason to love New Orleans here it is ..”
A woman called Sandra Repar tweeted a link to a pop-up vaccine drive and said: “Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll)”.
The historic city has been playing to its strengths when it comes to vaccinations, including playing live jazz at its mass vaccination site last month.
On 4 March, Ochsner Health, a New Orleans hospital, celebrated its 100,000th recovery from the virus with a jazz send-off for patient Miriam Bertrand.
Around 38% of the local population in Orleans Parish has received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 23.5% fully vaccinated, local figures claimed.