The move comes as governors, health officials, and community leaders create incentives to knock down vaccine fears.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a lottery system Wednesday to vaccinate Cowed 19, offering $ 1 billion in weekly prizes and full college scholarships.
The move comes as governors, health officials, and community leaders create incentives to address vaccine concerns.
With three weeks until most state restrictions are lifted, Mike DeWine announced prizes for those who vaccinate during prime time.
From May 26, adults who have received at least one dose of the vaccine can enter a drawing for a $1billion prize each week for up to $ 5 billion. In other brooms, vaccinated residents under the age of 18 will also receive five full four-year scholarships from the state to Ohio Public University, including tuition, rooms, boards, and books.
The money will come from current epidemic relief dollars, and the Ohio Lottery will draw lots, DeWine said.
However, state representative Emilia Sykes, a senior House Democrat, questioned the use of federal funds.
He said that the use of millions of dollars in relief funds for sweepstakes was a misuse of money that could respond to the ongoing crisis.
DeWine acknowledged the extraordinary nature of the financial benefits.
I know some might say, 'DeWine, you're crazy! This million-dollar idea is a loss of money, he said. But the real waste, when the vaccine is already available, is "life lost in CoVID-19," the governor said.
The Republicans announced in a speech that all restrictions for Covid-19 in Ohio, including those applicable to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, would expire on June 2. However, DeWine notes that in stores and businesses, consumers may still need to be masked.
The governor also mentioned COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions growth rates, and high vaccination rates in people aged 65 and over. He also said the vaccine is effective, and Ohioans 12 years of age and older can now benefit from it.
"It's been a year since the Sanitary Order was lifted," DeWine said. "It's been a year, and you've followed the protocol." Had fought
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the average daily number of new cases in Ohio has not increased in the past two weeks, with 1,522 new infections per day on April 26.
As of Tuesday, more than 4.2 million Ohioans, about 36% of the population, had completed the polio vaccination process. But the number of people seeking a vaccine has dropped in recent weeks, with an average of 16,6,500 operations launched last week, down from more than 80,000 in April. About 42% of Ohioans have got at least one dose.
Business groups equally praised the decision. "This news is the logical next step for our state to reopen tomorrow for Ohio's business and family," said John Barker, president, and president of the Ohio Restaurant Association.
Andrew Doehrel, CEO and President of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, said, "The removal of these barriers is on time and will help the Ohio business community in its efforts to revive the Ohio economy."
Dr. Lisa Egbert, president of the Ohio State Medical Association, said the organization supported the announcement but called on all eligible Ohio residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
DeWine made the announcement despite the fact that his previous goal of lifting sanctions had not been achieved. In a March 4 speech, the governor said he would pick up 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the state for a week. At the time, that number was 179 per 100,000 inhabitants. As of this week, it has dropped to 123 incidents.
Also, on Wednesday, DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney confirmed that executive branch agency employees, working almost exclusively from home, would return to their offices in stages beginning July 6.
DeWine implemented the current mask mandate in July as the number of cases increased. It complied with a mandatory order in April 2020 that lasted only one day, following strong criticism that the directive was "imposed by a government that went too far."