Long Beach, California 2021-05-27 17:19:00 –
California isn’t the first state to offer vaccine prizes, but it has the largest and most valuable single prizes of $ 1.5 million.
The state’s reopening is fixed on June 15th, with a draw to award the highest prizes to the 10 vaccinated people that day.
An additional 30 people will each win $ 50,000 and these draws will begin on June 4th. Anyone over the age of 12 who has received at least one shot is eligible. The next two million vaccinated people will receive a $ 50 gift card.
The state estimates that approximately 12 million Californians over the age of 12 have not been vaccinated. Approximately 63% of the 34 million eligible people have been vaccinated, although the pace has slowed significantly in recent weeks as infection rates have fallen to record lows.
Ohio announced this week the first $ 1 million winner of the “Vax-a-Million” contest and the first child to win a full college scholarship. Colorado and Oregon also offered $ 1 million in prize money.
New York is soliciting 50 full scholarships for children aged 12 to 17 from public universities and junior colleges in the state, choosing 10 winners each on the next five Wednesdays.
California’s focus on prize money to encourage vaccination is that people in California sought shots earlier this year, driving cars and taking shots in line for hours. It shows a big shift from time to time.
“Some Californians weren’t ready to get the COVID-19 vaccine on day one, but that’s okay. This program is special to get vaccinated and keep California safe. It’s designed to encourage people in need, “said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, director of the state’s Department of Public Health, in a statement.
Newsome’s office said the program was aimed at reaching the people of the community that were hit hardest by the pandemic, primarily the poor, blacks and Latino Americans, but was funded to meet that goal. It was not immediately clear how was adjusted.
California uses the Vaccine Equity Metric, which divides the zip code into quarters from the least favorable to the most favorable to track the progress of vaccination. According to the state, nearly half of the people living in the most disadvantaged areas have not yet been vaccinated.
In contrast, less than a quarter of people living in the most privileged areas are not vaccinated.
Of all Latino Americans, 57% have not yet been vaccinated. This is the highest percentage of any race or ethnic group. According to state statistics, 40% of whites in California are not vaccinated.