COVID-19 vaccine could bring cash, weapons, or travel to West Virginia: NPR
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West Virginia Boosts Vaccine Incentive Program to Immune More Residents Against Coronavirus, Governor Jim Justice ad Tuesday.
All residents who receive a COVID-19 vaccine will have the chance to win a college scholarship, rig truck or shotguns, in addition to a grand prize of $ 1.588 million. The program, which runs from June 20 to August 4, will be funded by federal pandemic relief funds.
“The faster we get people to cross the finish line, the more lives we save. That’s all there is to it,” Justice said. “If the bill continues to work, the cost is huge. The hospitalizations are huge. We need to get all of our employees across the finish line.”
Justice announced in April that West Virginia people between the ages of 16 and 35 who have been vaccinated could get a $ 100 savings bond. The vaccination campaign in the state has since slowed down considerably after showing a good early start.
the the state reports 51.1% of the state’s population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Justice hopes the new state offers a second prize of $ 588,000, weekend vacations to state parks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, and custom shotguns. will increase this number.
West Virginia people who have been fully vaccinated will need to enter in order to win the newly announced prizes at a later date.
The vaccine incentive program has taken off across the country as governors attempt to entice residents who may be reluctant to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday evening that 40.9% of the population has been fully vaccinated. President Biden aims for at least 70% of the adult population of the United States will have received a single injection of the vaccine and 160 million adults will be fully immunized by July 4.
Ohio, one of the first states to adopt a lottery campaign for vaccinated adults, reported a slight increase in vaccines given following the announcement. The week after the lottery was announced, vaccinations jumped 55% for residents aged 20 to 49. For those in the 16 to 17 age group, saw a 94% jump