COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health announced Friday that more children can now receive college scholarships as it doubles its new vaccine incentive program.
What you need to know
- The Vax 2 School Lottery increased its prizes from the original $ 1 million to $ 2 million
- Prizes are $ 10,000 or a $ 100,000 scholarship
- People ages 5 to 11 can join if the FDA clears the vaccine for their use
- Registration begins on October 4th
“Today we announce that the Ohio Vax-2 School will double the price of the $ 1 million government announced. [Mike] DeWine for a total of $ 2 million, “said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health.
Vanderhoff said he believes the sound of more money can reverberate loud enough to get more children vaccinated. Vanderhoff said it worked during the adult Vax-a-Million program, pointing out the more than 3 million people who took part in the $ 1 million contest.
“They’re really helpful in getting people to move from this contemplation or fencing to the decision that, ‘Yes. I think I’ll move on now,'” Vanderhoff said.
Vax-a-Million helped boost Ohio’s vaccination rate for a couple of weeks, but then it stagnated.
Starting Monday, anyone between the ages of 12 and 25 who has at least got their first shot can win a $ 10,000 or $ 100,000 scholarship. There will be 150 of the US $ 10,000 variety and five US $ 100,000 grants will be awarded.
Vanderhoff said he hoped incentives for the vaccine will slow the spread of COVID-19 for children and young adults who have been the slowest and most reluctant to get vaccinated.
“Being young is not an automatic way out of the devastating effects of COVID-19. However, vaccination is your ticket to excellent protection, ”said Vanderhoff.
Vanderhoff said if the FDA gives Pfizer the green light to vaccinate 5 to 11 year olds, they will also be able to enter the competition.
“Given how close we 5-11 year olds seem to be with the possibility of vaccination, it seemed really sensible and right to give them the chance to participate,” said Vanderhoff.
As with Vax-a-Million, the Ohio Lottery Commission will select the winners at random no later than the end of the year.
DeWine said the state will use the federal corona bailout funds to pay the bill.
The process of entering the competition begins Monday for Ohioans ages 12-25. Ohioans can register online at www.ohiovax2school.com or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
An entry deadline and drawing dates have not been announced.