Washington Donates Cash and Gift Cards to National Guard Vaccine Lottery | Washington
(The Center Square) – Members of the Washington National Guard will have a chance to win more than $ 450,000 in prizes for the prize of a COVID shot, Gov. Jay Inslee announced.
Like the ongoing vaccine lottery for the general public, the competition will randomly choose a winner from a group of vaccinated National Guard members and their families. The military lottery, nicknamed “A Heroes Thanks”, begins July 20.
For three weeks, the state will award three cash prizes. The first two total $ 100,000 each. The third and final grand prize is $ 250,000. Several gift cards and state park passes are also included as prices.
Members of the military and their families who have been shot through the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, or the National Guard will need to register to win. Both groups were excluded from the general public vaccine lottery announced earlier this month. Invitations to participate will be sent to eligible individuals by the US Department of Defense to deter fraud.
The governor announced the giveaways on Thursday, hailing them as a last-ditch effort to bring the state’s vaccination rates to 70% by the end of June. Just two weeks ago, Inslee unveiled the State’s Shot of a Lifetime Lottery, which offers $ 2 million in prizes. Cities like Pasco are offering their own incentives, including $ 50 Visa gift cards for anyone launching this month at Columbia Basin College. Rural areas like Franklin County continue to fall 12 percentage points behind the state’s rising vaccination rates.
The Washington Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday that vaccines had reached 67.8% of Washingtonians aged 16 and over, 140,000 people below the 70% benchmark Inslee set. end most mitigation measures.
State health officials fear Washington’s 18-month battle against the pandemic will see new roadblocks as new variants of COVID come ashore. State epidemiologist Dr Scott Lindquist said on Wednesday that a variant “kept him awake at night”: P.1. The variant, according to a DOH report as of June, is more contagious than other strains of COVID and more resistant to antibody treatments.
“I am very concerned about the role this one is going to play,” he said. “This is exactly what keeps me awake at night,” Lindquist said.
The DOH reported 2,039 potential cases of a breakthrough this month or COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated. The number represents less than 1% of the 3.9 million people in the state who received both doses or the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine. About half of suspected breakthrough cases have occurred in people aged 35 to 64.
Meanwhile, Seattle and King County are the first places in the state to record vaccination rates of 70% among adults and older teens. King County plans to drop his warrant mask At the end of the month. Seattle closed its mass vaccination site at Lumen Field last week, days before it became the first known city in the country to vaccinate 70% of eligible residents with at least one dose.
The DOH on Thursday reported 438 new cases of COVID and nine deaths from the virus, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 446,124 and its death toll to 5,810 people.