Beers, tickets, a million dollars a week … the incentives for the population to be vaccinated against the covid.
Ohio (United States) will carry out the first millionaire draw on May 28 and for four weeks. People who want to participate must be of legal age. It is not the only proposal: giving away tickets or beers also stand out in the United States.
The state of Ohio , in the Midwest of the United States, will raffle a million dollars a week among people who have been vaccinated against covid-19 , its governor, Republican Mike DeWine, announced on Wednesday.
The first draw will be held on May 28 and will be repeated for the next four weeks until 5 million have been distributed among five winners.
“I know some will say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy! This million dollar raffle idea of yours is a waste of money.’ But the truth, the real waste at this point in the pandemic – when the vaccine is available for everything the world-, it is a life lost by covid-19, ” said the governor.
To qualify for the drawing, individuals must be of legal age, Ohio resident, and have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.
The funds to finance the program will come from the provisions for the states and municipalities of the economic rescue of 1.9 trillion dollars approved in March by Congress.
Ohio has 42.3% of its population vaccinated with at least one dose, a percentage somewhat below the national average, which as of this Wednesday is 46.4%.
Other provaccine proposals
DeWine’s initiative to encourage vaccination is perhaps the most generous and ambitious of those being offered across the United States, now that the pace of people willing to receive the preparation has plummeted and it is still a long way off. of meeting immunization goals.
In the city of Washington , for example, a beer is offered in exchange for a vaccine, in New York tickets are given away to sporting events such as baseball or venues such as the zoo and in Memphis vehicles are raffled to choose between several models of Chevrolet and Nissan.