U.S. States Offer Cash Incentives For Covid Vaccinations
First launched in Ohio, cash rewards for getting people vaccinated are taking off in other U.S. states to spur a slowing Covid-19 shooting campaign.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a week ago that five vaccinated adults would each win $ 1 million in the state’s “Vax-a-Million” lottery.
The eastern state of Maryland on Thursday unveiled its own lottery program offering up to $ 2 million to residents who obtain their photos.
“The point is just to attract those reluctant people, or those who just haven’t thought about it,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
Some 67 percent of Marylanders aged 18 or older have so far received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to official figures.
Starting Tuesday, the Maryland Lottery will randomly select one person per day from a list of people who have been vaccinated to win a prize of $ 40,000.
There will be 40 designs over 40 days for $ 40,000 and a final design on July 4, US Independence Day, for $ 400,000.
In New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a program that would provide lottery scratch tickets to people 18 and older who get vaccinated.
“We know that vaccinations are the vital piece of the puzzle we need to crush Covid once and for all,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“We’re doing everything we can to make getting a vaccine as quick and easy as possible, but as immunization rates slow down statewide we’ll have to get creative.
“This new pilot program will provide a greater incentive for New Yorkers to get vaccinated by offering a free scratch ticket for a chance to win up to $ 5 million,” Cuomo said.
“The more New Yorkers we can get vaccinated, the better off our situation will be and the sooner we can return to a new normal,” the governor said.
Almost 63% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
President Joe Biden has set a goal of vaccinating at least 70% of the American population by July 4.
But the pace slowed after a rapid start, and local, state and federal authorities looked for ways to get more shots, sometimes partnering with restaurants and other businesses.
Promotions include free beer, free donuts, free baseball tickets, and savings vouchers for people who get the shot.
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