Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on Thursday a new state-run incentive program that will award some $5 million in prizes — including a $1 million grand prize — to Nevada residents who get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The announcement of the program, called “Vax Nevada Days,” comes as the state lags behind President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4 — as of June 16, the state has at least partially vaccinated 59.4 percent of the adult population, a mark that ranks 33rd among the 50 states.
“We want to avoid ever going through what we went through COVID last year,” Sisolak said. “That’s why today I want to provide Nevadans with an exciting update on one more way we’re planning to encourage all Nevadans to get their vaccine, in addition to thanking those who’ve already gotten their shots.”
Sisolak unveiled the program at a kickoff press conference at Allegiant Stadium, where a vaccine clinic and stadium tours were simultaneously being held. Though winners will be announced each Thursday from July 8-Aug. 26, those who have already been vaccinated will be automatically entered in the drawings once their vaccinator has submitted that information to the state.
Every Nevadan who is at least 12 years old and receives at least a first dose will be automatically entered to win one of nearly 2,000 prizes.
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This portion of the article is shared as part of our collaboration with The Nevada Independent. This story was originally published on Jun. 17, 2021, and written by Sean Golonka.