LANSING, Mich. – Govt. Gretchen Whitmer broke down the details of Michigan’s new COVID vaccine raffle, including who can participate, how to enter, what prizes are available and more.
“It will be a chance for the Michiganders to register and be eligible for $ 5 million in cash prizes and college scholarships,” Whitmer said.
The governor said the raffle would be “a great tool in our arsenal to fight COVID.”
On Thursday, 62.4% of Michiganders aged 16 and over received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, Whitmer said. That’s almost 5 million people.
Michigan’s vaccination goal has always been to vaccinate 70% of residents 16 years of age and older.
“With the draw, we’re hoping to increase our rate by 9% – around 700,000 additional Michiganders – so that we can hit that 70% rate,” Whitmer said.
Who can enter?
Michigan residents who received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine between December 1, 2020 and July 10, 2021 may enter. They are eligible for cash prizes.
“Even if you’ve already had one or both of your photos, you can register to participate now,” Whitmer said.
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 who have been vaccinated are also eligible, but those winners will receive prizes in the form of scholarships, according to the governor. A parent or guardian will need to help them register, but they are still eligible to win.
Meijer employees or independent contractors who are directly involved in the organization of the raffle, and employees of independent subcontractors in the State of Michigan participating in the raffle are not eligible to participate.
“So I’m not going to sign up, but I encourage all of you to do so,” Whitmer said.
Residents are not automatically registered
Whitmer said that while everyone who received the vaccine is eligible for the raffle, no one is automatically entered.
“You have to register,” Whitmer said. “I wanted to repeat it because maybe I said it wrong this morning during an interview. So I want to make sure people know: you are not automatically registered. “
How to register
There are two ways to register for the vaccine raffle: online or by phone.
Click here to register online.
To register by phone, call the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136.
Michigan residents aged 18 and over are eligible to win cash prizes.
Cash gifts include:
- $ 1 Million Draw – awarded as check or wire transfer.
- $ 50,000 in daily drawings: one per day for 30 days
- $ 2 million pot – this will be the grand prize at the end of the summer.
For Michiganders aged 12 to 17 who are vaccinated, nine raffle prizes are available. Each scholarship design includes a four-year shareable tuition program contract in the Michigan Education Trust that can be used to pay for tuition and compulsory fees at a college or university as per the conditions met.
When does it start?
The “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes” begins Thursday July 1, 2021.
Objective of the draw
Whitmer said the reasoning behind the toss was to “keep the Michiganders safe”.
“We need to get more of us to go for the shots,” Whitmer said. “You can go to most places now and take your first photo today, then register. “
She said that even though Michigan is taking positive steps in terms of COVID measures, people who have not been vaccinated are still at risk.
Will the raffles be enough?
Whitmer was asked what makes him think people who have refused to be vaccinated against COVID so far will get it because of the raffle.
“It’s something we don’t know, is it?” Whitmer said. “But we have seen in Ohio and other states that have had raffles that they have seen an influx of people coming in to get vaccinated. “
She said the raffle could motivate people who have questions about the vaccine to seek answers to those questions and then possibly decide to get the vaccine.
One of the reasons Michigan is introducing this vaccination incentive is that the delta variant is once again threatening to increase the spread of COVID.
“Right now, the delta variant of COVID-19 is found in the United States and is present here in Michigan,” Whitmer said. “Dr. (Anthony) Fauci has warned us that this variant is our greatest threat and will soon become the dominant strand in the United States. “
Whitmer said the delta variant is much easier to catch than the original form of COVID-19, so getting the shot is even more important.
Whitmer was asked if the state would recommend wearing the mask as the delta variant continues to spread. She said that Michigan is focusing on vaccinating people right now.
“Right now our COVID numbers have just dropped,” Whitmer said. “They haven’t been that low since the virus first emerged in Michigan. “
She said that until Michigan reaches 70 percent of people vaccinated, state efforts will focus on meeting that goal.
“I don’t foresee any mask warrant in the future,” Whitmer said. “We have learned that we have followed the science and listened to the experts, but at this point we feel very good about our situation. We need to focus on vaccinations, and that is what it is.
Elisabeth Hertel, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, updated key COVID metrics from the statistic during the briefing.
Michigan’s case rate fell to 13.1 cases per million people this week, and rates are declining “statewide,” Hertel said.
The number of outbreaks is down 42% since last week.
However, the vaccination rate is slowing and the MDHHS continues to track the spread of the variants – especially the delta variant.
“Bigger and better” than Ohio
Whitmer acknowledged that Ohio had previously implemented a similar COVID incentive program and said she wanted the “MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes” to be even better.
“I know someone must be thinking, ‘Didn’t Ohio do this first? “” Said Whitmer. “Well, yes they did. But, in typical Michigan fashion, we wanted to do it bigger and better than they can in Ohio. “
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