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COVID-19: California offers people $1.5m lottery prize for getting coronavirus vaccine | US News

Individuals in California are remaining made available the prospect to acquire a $1.5m (£1.06m) lottery prize if they get a coronavirus vaccine.

Ten vaccinated inhabitants will be supplied the jackpot prize when the point out thoroughly reopens on 15 June, governor Gavin Newsom mentioned on Thursday.

Any individual in excess of the age of 12 who has not been vaccinated or has only experienced just one dose can utilize for the $116.5m attract, which is the premier so considerably in the US.

Officers hope that it will persuade the 12 million people who are suitable but not nevertheless vaccinated in California to appear forward for their COVID-19 jabs.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom. Pic: AP

The point out is also handing out 30 $50,000 dollar prizes in a draw on 4 June.

And the next two million individuals to appear ahead for jabs are also being supplied $50 gift playing cards to use in outlets and supermarkets.

Mr Newsom stated he hopes to give out all of the present cards by 15 June – which would necessarily mean yet another two million Californians vaccinated by the time all business enterprise reopen and policies around masks and social distancing are peaceful.

The funds prizes will be funded by California’s disaster response account, which will then be reimbursed by federal coronavirus reduction money, Mr Newsom’s spokeswoman Amelia Matier said.

He has defended the use of public cash by declaring the “price tag of not having vaccinated is exponentially, incalculably higher”.

Governor Gavin Newsom (left) at a school in Los Angeles. Pic: AP
Governor Gavin Newsom (still left) at a university in Los Angeles. Pic: AP

The governor visited a significant college in Los Angeles on Thursday to make the announcement after a fall in figures coming forward for their initially jabs in excess of the previous week.

About 63% of California’s inhabitants aged 12 and in excess of have experienced at least a single dose.

Other states have also been offering money for jabs, with Ohio launching a “Vax-a-Million” contest and New York handing out scholarships to children.

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