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Gov. Brown: Oregon will offer series of cash prizes for COVID-19 vaccine recipients

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 11:01 AM
Updated: May 21, 2021 4:46 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.

Governor Kate Brown and officials from the Oregon Lottery were scheduled to host a press conference at noon on Friday to officially announce the initiative. It will be streamed live in this article and on KDRV.com.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 392197

Reported Deaths: 5186
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60432839
Washington42082398
Marion39986507
Clackamas32861382
Lane30179358
Jackson24956361
Deschutes23639185
Umatilla15135182
Linn14704179
Douglas13438292
Josephine10201246
Yamhill9787143
Klamath9072147
Polk8248102
Benton611138
Malheur592790
Coos5693107
Columbia433356
Jefferson420866
Lincoln363852
Union339255
Crook336356
Wasco317046
Clatsop262735
Baker220833
Tillamook217045
Hood River214537
Morrow197825
Curry192439
Harney119933
Grant108515
Lake105616
Wallowa76013
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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Cases: 5087907

Reported Deaths: 74561
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152858627184
San Diego4074794340
Riverside3880835358
San Bernardino3748555967
Orange3346265736
Sacramento1684922447
Kern1578751804
Fresno1568972259
Santa Clara1522681929
Alameda1252361507
San Joaquin1076041834
Ventura1040841191
Contra Costa1038691046
Stanislaus915481417
Tulare861371099
San Francisco56931672
San Mateo56354629
Monterey52521626
Solano47693358
Santa Barbara47345553
Merced45086668
Sonoma43207412
Placer42204470
Imperial38516773
Kings35221362
San Luis Obispo31511360
Madera26233311
Shasta26113458
Butte25476318
Santa Cruz22268224
Yolo21590260
Marin18495249
El Dorado18325166
Sutter14577186
Napa13424105
Yuba1076389
Tehama10282130
Humboldt10183119
Nevada10029105
Mendocino857799
Lassen797656
San Benito782979
Tuolumne774691
Lake7046110
Amador578366
Siskiyou475855
Glenn457436
Calaveras442288
Del Norte376942
Colusa325921
Inyo256746
Plumas19397
Mono18924
Mariposa160718
Trinity99817
Modoc7725
Sierra2180
Alpine1080
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