Strip club transformed into pop-up Covid clinic to encourage people to get jab

A strip club has hosted a Covid vaccination clinic in a bid to lure more people to get their jab.

Porn tycoon Larry Flynt's Hustler Club offered dancers wearing lingerie and guests to get the Pfizer shot last Friday night.

The Las Vegas nightspot was transformed into a pop-up coronavirus clinic for the night to boost vaccine numbers

Some of those who got their jab admitted they used the clinic as an excuse to visit the venue.

Dressed in lingerie and high heels below a spinning disco ball, dancer JoJo Hamner said: "This is just the most Vegas thing I've ever seen."

The unusual move was intended to boost the number of Americans getting vaccinated following a steep decline in people getting the injections.

JoAnn Rupiper, Southern Nevada Health District's chief nurse at the walk-in clinic, said: "This is just another way to access our population.

"It might attract some people who like the novelty of it, I suppose."

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About 100 people got their shots during the several hours the site was open before the performances began.

Roberto Montti, who lives near the club, said he initially delayed getting the vaccine but changed his mind because he missed travelling and the club felt "familiar".

"I've been here so many – I've been here a few times. … Maybe 10 times, give or take," he said.

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Another Las Vegas resident, Michael Myers, 70, said: "A lot of people that wouldn't ordinarily do it, a lot of guys, they said, they came here because it's Hustler,' his wife Harper said. 'To take away the stodginess of it, to make it Hustler, it's very clever.'"

"Nothing says vaccinations like a stripper pole," said the couple's friend George Stoecklin.

Less than half (46%) of Vegas residents aged 12 and over have had the vaccine, but health offices in the state hope to increase that to 75%.

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But numbers have been dwindling across the country in recent months, leading to officials coming up with new ways to lure people in.

Cannabis clinics, for example, have been offering "joints for jabs", while breweries are giving aways drinks.

In one extreme case, Ohio even plans to unveil a new lottery scheme, with residents who get jabbed in with a chance to win a $1million (£706,000) jackpot or one of five full university scholarships.

At the club, meanwhile, those who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson shot received a $5,000 (£3530) gift package, including free dances, platinum membership card, a free bottle, limousine service, and tickets to the show Sexxy After Dark by Jennifer Romas.

Hustler's manager Ralph James said: "This gives everyone a chance to see how clean it is and it's a normal business just like any other business."

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