Gov. Inslee announces COVID-19 vaccine incentive program

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OLYMPIA, WA (KPTV) – Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on Thursday multiple new incentives to help encourage unvaccinated Washingtonians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Washington State Lottery will be conducting a “Shot of a Lifetime” giveaway series during the month of June, working with state agencies, technology companies, sports teams and higher education institutions across the state to offer different prizes to vaccinated individuals.

Those eligible can win up to a million dollars. There will also be multiple drawings of $250,000, college tuition and expense assistance, sports tickets and gear, gift cards, airline tickets, game systems and smart speakers.

“These generous programs will encourage more Washingtonians to take this life-saving vaccine,” said Gov. Inslee. “I hope people will see this as an opportunity to reopen even sooner than June 30 if we can stay motivated, stay informed and get more people vaccinated faster throughout the month of June.”

According to the most recent data from the Washington Department of Health (DOH), approximately 63% of Washingtonians 16 years and older have started their vaccinations. Washington is set to reopen fully on June 30, or when the percentage of eligible adults who have initiated vaccination reaches 70%, whichever comes first.

Washington joins other states that have started a vaccine lottery incentive program including Oregon that announced their vaccine program in May.

Learn more about the "Shot of a Lifetime" initiative and prizes here. 

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(6) comments

Eggplant Jiggles

Do we all still need to wear masks now that Dr. Fauci published his emails stating that masks arent necessary? Dr. Fauci is the top doctor in USA so why ignore what he has to say?

commentor

The government never ran these types of vaccination 'contests' for the polio epidemic, or the Hong Kong flu pandemic, or the swine flu pandemic, or any other epidemic or pandemic for that matter. So why the rush to get everyone 'jabbed' for covid-19?

commentor

Getting the 'jab' should be a matter of personal choice. So just what is the government hiding about these vaccines that they are willing to go to these lengths to get people to take the 'jab'? The Johnson and Johnson one and done 'jab' can cause blood clots. And it is either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines that can cause heart problems.

guest23463

I think it's more about the myths and conspiracy theories flying all over the internet that gullible goofs are believing they are up against. Since too many people are believing the lies being spread they have to try to lure them in with money.

guest14891

Question to all Democrat politicians: IF THE VACCINE IS FREE TO BEGIN WITH TO ALL COMERS, THEN WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO BRIBE AND CAJOLE PEOPLE INTO GETTING VACCINATED? WHAT IS REALLY IN IT THAT MAY CAUSE HARM TO A HUMAN BEING THAT YOU LYING POLITICIANS AREN'T TELLING US?

guest23463

As I said above, they are 'cajole'ing because too many gullible people are believing those who "did their own research" over people who dedicated their entire lives to studying these things. Also, turn off your caps lock.

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