The state is not alone in seeing mixed results from price incentives. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s May 12 announcement of the incentive program had the desired effect, leading to a 43% increase in the number of vaccinations in the state over the previous week. But the number of vaccinations has dropped since then.
“Obviously, the impact has diminished after this second week,” DeWine admitted Wednesday.
Several other states have followed Ohio’s lead, including Louisiana, Maryland and New York State, as the impact on vaccinations is elusive.
Some provinces have also joined the incentive game
In Canada, Alberta and Manitoba have offered cash prizes as vaccination incentives, while Manitoba has also offered scholarships to children ages 12 to 17 who receive two vaccines.
Saskatchewan’s opposition NDP urged the provincial government to offer similar incentives, as Saskatchewan fell last among all provinces in the percentage of the population who received at least one dose.
As part of New Mexico’s “Vax 2 the Max” raffle program, vaccinated residents could win prizes totaling US $ 10 million. The rewards include a $ 5 million grand prize that will be drawn later this summer.
The toss kept the vaccination rate from falling further, but the initial boost was small. According to the governor’s office, the seven-day average of new vaccination records was 1,437 per day in the first week of the contest, 85 more per day than the week before.
California has awarded $ 116.5 million in prizes – the nation’s biggest prize pool for vaccines – and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he has stepped up vaccinations at a time when more is needed to get people to overcome the reserves or inertia.
From the time the incentives were announced on May 27 until the final on June 15, Newsom said California was one of the few states to see a week-over-week increase in the rate of vaccination, including a 22% increase the week before the grand prizes.
The Sacramento Bee noted that the increase was skewed because the previous week included three lower immunization days over Memorial Day weekend, and found that most of the increase came from second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. three weeks after children ages 12 to 15 became eligible on May 13.
In West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, hoped to use a series of freebies to breathe new life into a vaccination campaign that has slowed down considerably after a good start.
When he announced the designs last month, Justice predicted that more than two-thirds of eligible residents aged 12 and over would be vaccinated by the time he withdraws a mask warrant on Sunday.
But the state failed to meet that target – 61.5% had received at least one dose in Sunday’s first draw.
Travel added as incentive
In late May, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregonians aged 18 or older who received at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine would automatically be entered to earn $ 1 million or one. 36 prizes of $ 10,000 – with one winner in each county.
Oregonians aged 12 to 17 have a chance to win one of five $ 100,000 scholarships. The draw will take place on June 28.
The Oregonian reported in early June that the seven-day average of adults receiving their first injections actually fell from about 9,000 the day before Brown, a Democrat, announced the lottery to 6,700 nearly two weeks ago. later.
This month, Brown announced additional prizes, including travel packages to destinations around Oregon and more than 1,500 gift cards, valued at $ 100 each, which were being handed out at shopping sites. vaccination over the weekend of June 12 – an incentive that officials say resulted in a noticeable increase in the number of people. to sites.
In Colorado, vaccinations have slowed since its lottery was started by Democratic Governor Jared Polis last month, with about 500,000 fewer doses administered in the month since Polis announced, compared to the same amount of time. time one month before the start of the competition.
The state is offering five residents the chance to win $ 1 million each in weekly lottery draws from June 4 to July 7.
Short-lived incentive success in some regions
In Ohio, about 5.5 million people, or about 47% of the population, had received at least one injection of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday. About five million people, or 43% of the population, have completed the process.
Although the incentive’s success was short-lived, DeWine said she convinced Ohioians who were straddling the line or who had no intention of getting the shot.
As proof, Jonathan Carlyle of Toledo, an Amazon delivery boy who won the second million dollar second prize on June 2, and said the next day: “When you all announced the Vax-a-Million, as soon as I heard that, I was like ‘Yes I have to go now.’ ”
DeWine continues to urge Ohioans to get vaccinated, saying ending the state’s social distancing requirements, returning to in-person classes in the fall, and growing variants of the virus remain a concern. .
Last week, DeWine held a press conference at Thomas Worthington High School in suburban Columbus with students and coaches urging middle school and high school kids who play sports to get vaccinated.