Louisiana announces $1 million vaccine lottery

Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference to announce Louisiana's new COVID vaccine incentives which have scholarships and cash.

Louisiana announces $1 million vaccine lottery

Edwards declared 14 people in the state who have received at least one vaccine dose will win scholarships and cash, with one grownup winning $1 million, as part of their Shot At A Million campaign during the month of July.

"It's time to take your Shot At A Million, Louisiana. Any resident that has taken at least one COVID vaccine dose can register to win life-changing cash and scholarship prizes. Get your first shot by July 31 and you might be our grand prize winner," explained Edwards. "Getting your COVID vaccine is currently a huge win for Louisianans because they can safely take their masks off, be around other people and understand that they are protected from serious COVID-19 infections, hospitalization and death."

"This is a once-in-a-century event and we find ourselves at a pivotal point. Shot At A Million is bold and creative - and we'll need more unconventional ideas for this to end this outbreak. Because when lives are on the line, you do whatever it takes," said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer. "The flow of the COVID variations of concern, especially the fast-spreading Delta version, adds further urgency into our vaccine campaign. What we do today will somehow dictate what our fall looks like."

"Money for faculty is always a reason to celebrate," said Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed. "This is an exciting chance for students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the lagniappe is more than just a little something extra. These scholarships can help our prospective students advance their schooling at a two-year or four-year college or university or through an apprenticeship program."

Louisianans who have taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are between the ages of 12 and 17 may enter to win one of $100,000 scholarships.

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