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In Long Beach, Calif., the mayor is promoting free aquarium tickets for those who get vaccinated.

In New York, the immunized can grab free fries at Shake Shack — an effort that Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday while digging into his own meal.

Leaders nationwide are increasingly turning to incentives as demand for coronavirus vaccines slows. In the most dramatic offer so far, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said this week that vaccinated residents would be eligible for $1 million lottery prizes and full-ride college scholarships.

“I know that some may say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy! This million-dollar-drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,’" the governor said as he explained the headline-grabbing initiative funded with federal coronavirus relief money. “But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic — when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it — is a life lost to covid-19.”

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated people can go without masks or physical distancing in most cases, even when they are indoors or in large groups.
  • The White House said Thursday that it is investing $7.4 billion to hire more public health workers to deal with the pandemic and future health crises.
  • The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union is calling for full-time school this fall, a move that could smooth the way back after a year in which teachers often resisted a return to classrooms.
  • The CDC approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in children as young as 12 on Wednesday, expanding access to millions of adolescents. D.C.’s first group of 12- to 15-year-olds got their initial vaccine doses Thursday.
  • The number of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations continued to fall in the United States, with new infections decreasing by almost 22 percent in the past week. More than 582,000 people have died in the country as a result of the coronavirus.