Ohio Comes Up With Very Strange New Way to Pressure People to Get Vaccinated

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There is a lot of pressure to get a COVID vaccine if you haven’t got it yet.

One of the main things is just how much more freedom of movement you are permitted once you have it. 

Another is the various rewards being offered. 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recently went on TV and ate a burger in a disgusting open-mouthed way, promising free delicious food to anyone who gets a shot. 

Now Ohio and its Governor Mike DeWine are rolling out an even stranger way to get you to line up for your jab. 

Mike Dewine by Jared Cherup is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Ohio will be holding five $1 million lotteries starting each week on May 26. If you got your shot you will be entered to win.

Another lottery will also be specifically for Ohio teens who got the vaccine and will award them full accommodation, tuition and textbooks at any Ohio State university of their choosing. 

The population of Ohio is about 11.7 million, so your odds of winning one of the five lotteries are not large at all. But they’re still real, and this is likely to get more people to line up for the shot. 

If the vaccines are so good then why are you having to bribe people with the chance at a million dollars?

Still, the fact remains that if this works DeWine is going to be seen as a leader in getting the vaccine pushed and other states will probably put in their own lotteries as well to promote people getting the COVID shot. 

‘DeWine You’re Crazy!’

In explaining his decision, DeWine said that it’s all about getting people to see the benefit of getting the vaccine. 

“I know that some may say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy! This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money.’ But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic — when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it — is a life lost to covid-19.”

Others who are more skeptical about the strategy itself, say that a different system might have worked better. 

Epidemiology Professor Tara Smith, who teaches at Ohio’s Kent State University said that the basic concept strikes her as logical, but the setup could be smarter.

“For some who have been apathetic, it could be the push they need to just go and get it. I think incentives can help. I’m just not sure five $1 million prizes are better than, say, a one-in-five chance at a $100 check. I hope someone did the research on that before they announced it,” Smith said. 

What do you think of this announcement and the lottery? If you’re in Ohio is it going to influence you to go get the COVID shot?