$ 5 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Contest and Upcoming Michigan Scholarships

Are you feeling lucky, Michigan?

Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to announce details of a COVID-19 vaccine raffle on Thursday that will give vaccinated Michiganders a chance to win a combined total of more than $ 5 million in cash and nine college scholarships. valued at $ 55,000 each.

Called MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes, the lottery-style raffle will be hosted by Meijer in partnership with the state and the Michigan Association of United Ways to encourage more residents to get vaccinated.

Any resident 18 years of age or older who has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine is eligible for the raffle. For teens and tweens ages 12 to 17, there will be a chance to win one of nine Michigan Education Trust (MET) Charitable Tuition Program four-year contracts valued at $ 55,000. The scholarships can be used to pay tuition and compulsory fees at a college or university in accordance with the MET terms and conditions.

Just over 5 million Michiganders aged 16 and over had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday, representing 61.8% of that population, according to the COVID Vaccine Dashboard. 19 of the state.

The raffle will involve a series of statewide designs in an effort to encourage more Michiganders to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and increase the vaccination rate nationwide. State about 9% – or nearly 768,000 Michiganders – to reach a statewide goal of 70% of the age of residents. 16 years and over who are immune.

The pace of vaccinations has dropped significantly in Michigan since the peak of the week ending April 10, when 400,846 Michigan residents received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 276,400 received a second dose, according to data from the state health department. In the week ending June 21, 43,250 people received the first doses and 85,456 received the second doses, a decrease of 89.2% and 69%, respectively.

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Michigan joins several other states in offering raffles and lotteries on vaccines.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in a bid to encourage young adults, receives his first COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday April 6, 2021 at Ford Field administered by Michigan Medical Director Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun.

In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine started a statewide Vax-a-Million lottery offering a chance to win $ 1 million per week for adult residents who have been vaccinated and continue to the end June.

With the idea for the lotto, DeWine “unlocked a secret,” said Andy Slavitt, former senior advisor to the White House COVID-19 response team.

“In the days following the program’s announcement by Ohio, the state saw a 55% increase in its vaccination rate among young adults aged 20 to 49,” Slavitt said during a press briefing on May 25. “In several counties, the vaccination rate has doubled from before the announcement. In other words, the program works. Since then, we’ve seen more states, including Maryland, New York, and Oregon, announce similar programs. We are nothing if not reactive to good ideas.

Central City Integrated Health RN Precious McCormick is preparing a dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to a person in Detroit on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Central City Integrated Health partnered with The Salvation Army during their Bed & Bread Club delivery route as they deliver meals to those in need to help Detroit residents who may not have transportation to access the COVID vaccine.

“People can say this is all frivolous. I say: whatever ends the pandemic, it’s time for us to step back now. For those on the fence, find out why you want to get the shot. For those who are not sure yet, do your homework. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. All concerns are reasonable, but do yourself a favor: don’t let a guy on Facebook answer your question when good answers are available.

Companies have also offered incentives to encourage vaccination.

One of the first offers to get people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 came from Krispy Kreme, who literally sweetened the pot by offering a free glazed donut with proof of vaccination.

United Airlines offered a taste of life before the pandemic with its “Your Shot to Fly” raffle, offering free flights to those vaccinated and signing up for its MileagePlus program. Five grand prize winners will receive one year of free travel anywhere in the world with United Flights.

Free beer is also on tap for the vaccinated. Anheuser-Busch announced earlier this month that it will offer $ 5 virtual gift cards for free beer or other Anheuser-Busch products to people 21 and older if the United States reaches the President Joe Biden’s goal of giving at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 70% of American adults by July 4.

Now it’s easy to find a vaccine against COVID-19.

Supply is plentiful and the federal government has launched a text messaging service that allows Americans to text their zip code to 438829. Then they automatically receive a response with a detailed list of nearby vaccination sites, indicating the type of vaccine available in each. site. The SMS service includes the option to schedule a free ride to a vaccination clinic via Uber or Lyft and free childcare assistance.

Contact Kristen Shamus: [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @kristenshamus.

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