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New York Knicks' Derrick Rose during the first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks on May 23. Photo: Seth Wenig/ Pool/Getty Images

The New York Knicks will only sell playoff tickets to vaccinated fans if they advance past round one, the team announced Friday, though it did not say how it would verify if a fan has been vaccinated.

Why it matters: The team hosted the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden for games one and two and welcomed more than 15,000 fans each game, making them the largest indoor events in New York City since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the team said.

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May 28, 2021 - Health

Companies, states up the ante on vaccine incentives

Data: Ohio Department of Health; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

For those who haven't been convinced to get a vaccine yet, companies have begun offering everything from date nights to tropical vacations to coax Americans to get the shot.

Why it matters: The giveaways are just the latest examples of increasingly lucrative rewards, including Ohio's $1 million lottery prizes, aimed at luring the hesitant.

May 27, 2021 - Health

Minnesotans can get a free state parks pass if they get vaccinated

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaking at a press conference in April. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The first 100,000 Minnesotans who get vaccinated against the coronavirus between Memorial Day weekend and the end of June will be eligible for free state parks passes, free fishing licenses or other rewards, Gov. Tim Walz (D) announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The incentives are part of the state's effort to increase vaccinations. 61% of Minnesotans 12 years and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but the pace of doses administered daily has slowed since its peak in April, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

May 27, 2021 - Health

The Fauci effect: Interest spikes in health crisis communication

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A number of U.S. colleges and universities say they've seen a surge of students who say the COVID-19 crisis inspired them to pursue the public health field, and crisis communication in particular.

Why it matters: The pandemic exposed the need for and challenges of well-executed public health messaging — particularly in a time rife with misinformation campaigns and polarizing politics.