Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s move is part of an effort to increase vaccinations as the state prepares to fully reopen its economy on June 15. Ten Californians who will be vaccinated before that date could win lottery-style prizes of US $ 1.5 million each, while another 30 people will each win $ 50,000.
As of Thursday, the first two million Californians to get vaccinated will each earn $ 50 in cash or grocery gift cards, the state said.
“Some Californians weren’t ready to receive their COVID-19 vaccine on day one, and that’s okay,” said Dr. Tomas Aragon, director of the California Department of Public Health.
“This program is designed to encourage those who need the extra support to get vaccinated and keep California safe. “
Funds redirected from budget surplus
The incentives are offered as Newsom battles a recall campaign that has become a famous cause among Republicans in the United States. This is one of the many ways Newsom plans to spend an unprecedented state budget surplus.
“Getting all eligible Californians vaccinated is how we will bring our state back in the grip of this pandemic,” Newsom said.
Across the United States, states and private organizations have offered incentives to persuade people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which has killed nearly 3.7 million people worldwide.
Incentives range from free baseball tickets and beer to college scholarships and cash.
Ohio awarded Abbigail Bugenske, a woman from Silverton who was involved in the state’s Vax-a-Million drawing on Wednesday.
Joseph Costello, a high school student from Inglewood, won a full scholarship, which included tuition, books, and room and board to a public college or university in Ohio.
Earlier this month in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that city subway riders would get free seven-day passes to the system to get vaccinated at stations that distribute Johnson & Johnson vaccines. .