White House Partners With Dating Apps to Promote COVID Vaccines

Vaccinated people allegedly getting ‘more matches.’

Nine major dating apps will be offering users ways to advertise their vaccination status and boost their chances for a match with “super likes” and “super swipes,” as part of a partnership with the White House.

The premium content, which includes profile badges and stickers declaring a date-seeker’s immunity to Covid-19 and various ways to boost their visibility to preferred partners, will become available next week. The US government says it has enrolled Tinder, OkCupid, Bumble, Badoo, BLK, Hinge, Chispa, Match and Plenty of Fish into its outreach program.

“According to research from OkCupid, people who are vaccinated or plan to get vaccinated receive 14% more matches than people who don’t plan to get vaccinated,” the White House said on Thursday explaining the rationale for the ad campaign.

The Biden administration seeks to counter a slowdown in the pace of the vaccination program, which reached a peak in April and has since declined by about half. The trend is worrisome, considering that the US has a long way to go yet to reach the target of a 70% Covid-19 vaccination rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 160 million people in the country – or about 48% – have received at least one dose and nearly 127 million have been fully vaccinated.