It seems that even in the USA, the world’s most affected country by the COVID pandemic, there are low vaccination rates for some areas. With a total of over 34 million infections with the coronavirus, vaccinations in the US are believed to be the main cause of the recent massive decline in COVID infections and deaths from the country.
DailyHerald.com now writes about the state of Illinois preparing to offer a lottery for those residents who have been vaccinated for COVID. The announcement comes from Gov. J.B. Pritzker himself, who said during a meeting at the state Capitol:
The General Assembly has paved the way for Illinois to join a bipartisan coalition of states utilizing a vaccine lottery to encourage more residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19,
It’s the best thing we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Pritzker also added that more information would be unveiled soon about the lottery.
$1 million prizes
If we take a look at Ohio, the state uses a Vax-a-Million lottery system that started in late May with five drawings that are running through June 21. There are prizes of $1 million. Those who apply must be residents of Ohio, at least 18 years old, and vaccinated with at least a dose of a vaccine for COVID.
In the US, the authorized and recommended vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus are those developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that Pfizer’s vaccine needs to be administered in two doses given three weeks apart, Moderna’s vaccine will also be given in two doses but at four weeks apart from one another, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered in a single dose.