Ohio could be close to announcing follow-up incentives after Vax-a-Million

Vaxamillion

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohioans could be days away from learning what the next incentive may be to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that a new incentive program might be announced in the next week or so. He spoke after a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new ramp connecting Downtown Columbus to Interstate 70.

During the spring, the state ran the Vax-a-Million program, which awarded five $1 million prizes to adults and five college scholarships to students. After the last drawing, he said to expect the incentives to return, but in a way that would reward more people.

“One of the things that a lot of people have pointed out — and a lot of Ohioans have pointed out — is they also might be incentivized by smaller prizes, but more,” DeWine said June 24.

The state is not alone in offering vaccine incentives. Columbus is offering $100 for people getting their first dose at certain clinics, and several retail businesses are offering incentives, too.

As of Tuesday, 45.2% of Ohio residents have completed vaccination.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

video

More Video

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

More Top News

WTRF 7News Twitter