Newsom made the announcement Thursday as the state ramps up efforts to vaccinate as many residents as possible ahead of the June 15 reopening date. The program includes:
- 10 winners selected on June 15 to win cash prizes of $ 1.5 million each. Any Californian 12 years of age or older who has received at least one dose of the vaccine will be eligible to win – no registration required. If a minor wins, the funds will be placed in a savings account until they turn 18;
- 30 winners selected on “$ 50,000 Fridays.” Fifteen winners will be selected on June 4 and fifteen more will be chosen on June 11 to win a cash prize of $ 50,000 each. If a minor wins, the funds will be placed in a savings account until they turn 18;
- The next 2 million Californians who will begin and complete their COVID-19 vaccination, starting Thursday, will be able to receive a $ 50 virtual prepaid card or $ 50 grocery gift card for Kroger or Albertsons until while stocks last.
Californians who have received their vaccines are already entered to win the cash prizes, the state said. It is not necessary to enter. The state has also guaranteed the confidentiality of those who win the awards.
NBC 7’s Allison Ash explains how Californians can win prizes for getting or getting the shot.
Newsom said it based its incentive program on research conducted by UCLA which showed that 31% of those surveyed were more likely to get the vaccine if there was an incentive involved, regardless of race or nationality. Ethnicity.
Vaccination efforts have slowed as people wanting to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are inoculated. It is more difficult for the state to reach those who hesitate the most.
“California has surpassed the nation in terms of the average percentage of the population vaccinated,” Newsom said. “That said, we have seen a reduction in the number of people seeking access to this vaccine.”
Newsom said there had been a drop in the seven-day average of the doses administered. 2.1 million people received doses three weeks ago, which rose to 2 million people 2 weeks ago and 1.9 million people in the last 7 days. At the height of California’s vaccination effort, 3 million doses were administered.
COVID-19 Vaccinations in California
The map tracks the number of doses administered by a recipient’s county of residence according to the California Department of Public Health.
“We realize that if we continue on this path and trend, we won’t get where we all need to be – and that’s north of 70% of all eligible Californians who receive doses of this life-saving vaccine. lives, ”Newsom said.
President Joe Biden has set a goal of vaccinating 70% of the eligible U.S. population by July 4. Newsom said he still believes California can meet that threshold.
As of May 26, about 16.87 million of the state’s 39.5 million people had been fully immunized. About 63% of the 34 million eligible people have received at least one dose, leaving about 12 million eligible Californians who have yet to receive a vaccine, according to the state.
The costly incentive program will certainly be criticized by some as a misuse of California government revenues. To critics, Newsom said it was a better use of dollars than the alternative – continuing through this public health crisis.
“I think the worst expense is putting your head in the sand and continuing to do what you have been doing and not meeting the goals to get us all back on our feet,” Newsom said. “The cost of not getting vaccinated is exponentially, incalculably higher. “
Gov. Newsom said California was still on track to ease reopening restrictions for most businesses on June 15, including social distancing warrants and capacity limitations. Certain mandates, such as the use of face masks in certain situations, will still be required.