Polk County Approves Vaccine Lottery | News, Sports, Jobs
Polk County is launching a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program in the form of a lottery this summer. Fully immunized residents can enter to win up to $ 50,000 starting June 25.
The county begins the vaccine lottery with its first draw on June 25, the Polk County Supervisory Board and the county health department said in a press release on Tuesday. The program’s goal is to increase the community immunization rate from 61 percent to 75 percent by the end of the Iowa State Fair in August.
The program is open to residents 18 years of age or older who have received their two Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single injection of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The lottery will feature draws for a grand prize of $ 50,000 and a purse of $ 5,000 every two weeks.
In addition, each week, 10 prizes of $ 1,000 will be awarded.
The awards are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, which President Joe Biden signed in March. The law included a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package as the United States’ sixth COVID-19 relief bill. He added funding for vaccine distribution, contact tracing and testing.
A random computer draw will select the winners who will be notified by email or phone. The press release says “Additional incentives will be offered in the next vaccination clinics”, but he did not specify what the incentives will be or which clinics will offer them.