Alberta introduces $1M vaccine lottery in effort to increase first dose uptake


Another 48,361 Albertans need to get their first dose to reach the mark.

1st draw will be announced on the first day of Stage 3 of the re-opening strategy which will close soon. "We just have to get every single person we can".

"There always will be some who will never get a vaccine of any kind".

"The arrival and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines in our province have accomplished extraordinary things", said Alberta's Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro.

"COVID has already cost us billions and this lottery is aimed at reducing the cost going forward to individual Albertans who are still at risk of getting sick and to all of us as a province", Shandro said.

Kenney says, "The clock is ticking, if we are to have a full back to normal Canada Day we have to hit the 70 per cent first dose vaccination no later than this coming Thursday, June 17".

"We need to just nudge those who haven't gotten around to getting their vaccines yet", Kenney said in the video posted Saturday.

More than three-quarters of Alberta's active cases are variants of concern, according to provincial data. Though, just 3,537 were first doses, which is the lowest number of first doses administered in a single day since February 23. Currently, with 60,429 first-dose appointments booked over the next seven days, Alberta is projected to hit the target on Friday, .

Officials provided details on the Open for Summer vaccination lottery which will provide three lucky winners with one million dollars each.

Registration for the first draw will close one week after 70% of eligible Albertans have received a dose, and the July victor will be drawn when Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan begins.

A second draw, to be held August 31, will be open to Albertans who have received both shots.

Starting today, anyone eighteen years of age and older who have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine can enter the lottery for one million dollars at Registration for the first draw will close one week after the 70-per-cent milestone is reached.

Draws are also to be held and the victor announced August 31 and September 30 for people who are fully vaccinated.

As of Friday, the province said nearly 69 per cent of those 12 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine.

Draws for additional non-cash prizes will take place on various dates between June 14 and September 30, the province said.



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