West Virginia will give away weapons, vans and money to incentivize state residents to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, Governor Jim Justice introduced Tuesday.
Drawings for a brand new vaccine incentive lottery program will run from Father’s Day on June 20 to August 4. Through the first drawing on Father’s Day, the state plans to present away 5 customized looking rifles and 5 customized looking shotguns.
Justice stated West Virginia may also give out two brand-new customized outfitted vans and 5 lifetime looking and fishing licenses. Vaccinated residents stand to win one in every of 25 getaways to the state’s parks.
The preliminary drawing may also embody two four-year scholarships to any state academic establishment for winners between the ages of 12 and 25. The state may also give away a $1 million grand prize.
All residents who obtain their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to residents who’ve already been vaccinated, can be eligible to win, the governor stated.
“To be eligible, you’ve got to get your first shot,” Justice stated. “After I begin by these prizes … there’s going to be a run on folks getting their first shot. So go get ’em. Go get ’em so that you’ll be eligible the place we are able to draw your identify, and completely you would win one thing that might be phenomenal.”
With 51.1 % of its inhabitants having acquired at the least one dose of the vaccine, West Virginia has outperformed the nationwide determine of fifty.5 %, in line with information from the West Virginia authorities and the federal Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
The lottery announcement comes one week after Justice stated younger adults aged 16-35 could be eligible for a financial savings bond or $100 reward card by the state authorities as soon as they’re vaccinated.