Million Dollar Vax Lottery Offers Prizes to Vaccinated People
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has said he supports any measure that will increase immunization rates, saying high immunization coverage is “our only way out of this” pandemic.
“It’s great … anything we can do to encourage people,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“I’m not that worried about what motivates you, whether it’s your health, the health of the people you love, to protect their health care system… or to earn $ 1 million. Go ahead and get vaccinated.
The U.S. state of Ohio has run lotteries offering $ 1 million ($ 1.38 million) to people who have received at least one injection of the coronavirus vaccine.
More than 2.7 million Ohioans initially entered, with a full college scholarship available to children ages 12 to 17.
The idea caught on across the country, as states such as Colorado, Maryland and Oregon offered similar incentives to increase declining vaccination rates.
The Australian version of the program also offers weekly draws of $ 1,000.
Philanthropy Australia Managing Director Jack Heath said the campaign was a “collaborative and targeted intervention that will save lives, ease the burden on healthcare workers and benefit the whole community.”
Australians aged 18 and over are eligible, including those who are already fully vaccinated. Winners must be fully immunized within six weeks of October 31st.
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