to encourage vaccination, West Virginia offers firearms

A contest is scheduled to last every week from June 20 to August 4 with prizes for residents who have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Some American states do not rely solely on the responsibility of their fellow citizens to advance vaccination. In recent days, West Virginia has launched a lottery for those vaccinated to boost the immunization campaign.

Pick-ups and guns among the lots

Among the prizes to be won are two pick-ups, five fishing and hunting licenses valid for life, ten hunting rifles, and 25 weekend stays in the state’s natural parks. There will also be a $ 1 million prize pool and, for 12-25 year olds, two full four-year scholarships at a state university, a priceless prize in a country where higher education is expensive.

After a good start, the vaccination campaign is stagnating in this rural state in the heart of the Appalachian mountain range, in the eastern United States, where only 41% of the population is fully vaccinated.

The governor commits

The competition is scheduled to run weekly from June 20 to August 4 with prizes for residents who have received at least one dose of vaccine, Republican Gov. Jim Justice said on Tuesday.

“We still have a significant portion of our state that did not choose to be vaccinated,” said University of West Virginia director of health Clay Marsh.

The state had already innovated in recent months by offering 16-35 years, an age category more reluctant to vaccination, savings certificates of 100 dollars or gift certificates of the same amount, if they were made. vaccinate.

Lotteries to relaunch vaccination

Launched by Ohio, lotteries with several million dollars to the key are multiplying in the United States to relaunch the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, in decline for several weeks.

Other states also attract the reluctant by offering beers, pizzas or tickets to sporting events, not to mention private initiatives.

President Joe Biden wants to reach the threshold of 70% of adults who have received at least a first dose by July 4. The 50% milestone was crossed on May 25.