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Gov. Brown: Vaccine recipients will be eligible for cash prizes or college savings

The 'Take Your Shot Oregon' campaign aims to jumpstart vaccination efforts in the state by offering cash prizes to vaccine recipients, including scholarships for younger people.

Posted: May 21, 2021 12:11 PM
Updated: May 21, 2021 4:54 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon officials will offer a series of prizes ranging from $10,000 to $1 million for people who have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Kate Brown announced on Friday.

The "Take Your Shot Oregon" campaign aims to encourage Oregonians age 12 and up to get vaccinated. For younger vaccine recipients, prizes will take the form of college scholarship funds.

“Vaccines are the best tool we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19, and our fastest way to end this pandemic,” said Governor Kate Brown in a statement. “The Take Your Shot Oregon Campaign' is a way to thank Oregonians for stepping up and keeping our communities safe. It’s never been easier to get a vaccine, so don't miss your shot to enter!"

According to Governor Kate Brown's office, there will be one $1 million winner, five winners of a $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarship between the ages of 12 and 17, and thirty-six $10,000 winners — one selected from each county. The cash prizes will only be offered to adults 18 and up.

Oregonians who have received at least a first dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be automatically entered through the state's vaccination database, and the drawing will include people registered through June 27. The Oregon Health Authority will choose winners with the help of the Oregon Lottery, officials said.

The drawing is set to take place on June 28, with names announced the following week. Winners will be contacted and have the opportunity to either opt out or move forward in the prize process. Employees of the Oregon Lottery, the Governor's office, the Oregon Treasurer's office, and OHA will be ineligible, as will their family members.

“We are excited that Treasury’s College Savings Plan can help with the effort to increase vaccination rates in Oregon,” said State Treasurer Tobias Read. “This is a win-win: get vaccinated now to protect yourself and others, and get the chance to fund your future through a scholarship that can be used for higher education and job training.”

According to the Governor's office, even Oregonians who received a vaccine in another state are included in the Oregon database and will be eligible.

Money will be sourced from $1.86 million of Oregon's Coronavirus Relief Act funding, state officials said.

With vaccination rates plateauing across the U.S., initiatives like these are becoming increasingly common. New York, Maryland, and Ohio all instituted similar lotteries this month, while other states, companies, and local governments have adopted different kinds of incentives in hopes of encouraging people to get the vaccine.

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