Vax-A-Million Lottery Helps Number of Vaccines

by Jan Frazier

Columbus, Ohio (Washington Insider Magazine)  A million-dollar lottery has been an incentive for Ohio people still wanting a vaccine. This week, people of the age of 16 and older got their first vaccine, upping the percentage of people taking it by 33 percent.

This past week in Ohio 119,394 people age 16 and older got their first vaccine. According to the Ohio Department of Health, they received one dose of Johnson & Johnson or their first dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. 

According to an analysis of Ohio data gotten by the Associated Press, “that’s an increase of nearly 30,000 from the 89,464 people in the same age group who received a first shot during the seven-day period” previous to last week. The data did not include any children from age 12 to 15.

Motive for taking the vaccine has not been recorded, so it’s not possible to know if these people took the shot because of the lottery or not. The lottery is worth a “million-dollar prize or a college scholarship.”

A spokesperson for the state of Ohio data on vaccines said, “The bottom line is that this has changed the trend line in Ohioans starting the vaccination process, and rather than a decline, the trend is moving upward.” However, the slump that Ohio was seeing has now disappeared and the numbers have gone up.

The lottery has been a great incentive so that people don’t refuse or hesitate to get the vaccine, said Mark Cameron, an immunologist and infectious disease researcher at Case Western Reserve University.

State Health Director, Stephanie McCloud, claimed “Incentives were needed to reinvigorate interest in getting vaccinated and that there was a dramatic increase in vaccinations in the 16-and-older group.”

Data shows that there have been more than “1 million people who have entered Ohio’s vaccine lottery since Gov. Mike DeWine announced it during a statewide address May 12.”

Winners of the lottery need to be residents of Ohio and have received at least one dose of a vaccine. The Health Department of Ohio will tell the total number of people who have bought lottery tickets on May 24. That will be when the first name is drawn.


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