From lottery cash drawings to gift cards, Inslee announces vaccination incentives

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced new incentives to help encourage unvaccinated Washingtonians to get the COVID shot.

The Washington State Lottery will be conducting a “Shot of a Lifetime” giveaway series during the month of June, working with state agencies, technology companies, sports teams and higher education institutions across the state to offer a myriad of different prizes to vaccinated individuals.

This includes people who have been vaccinated in Washington, regardless of when. The incentives are not just for new vaccinations.

The incentives include:

  • Lottery cash drawings, with prizes totaling $2 million
  • Higher education tuition and expense assistance
  • Sports tickets and gear
  • Gift cards
  • Airline tickets
  • Game systems and smart speakers

According to the most recent data from the Department of Health (DOH), approximately 63% of Washingtonians 16 years and older have initiated their vaccinations. The state hopes that the incentives will entice unvaccinated people to initiate their vaccinations and raise the statewide rate.

Washington is set to reopen fully on June 30, or when the percentage of eligible adults who have initiated vaccination reaches 70%, whichever comes first.

Vaccinated Washingtonians don’t need to do anything to be entered in the four drawings. The Lottery will automatically gather names from the DOH statewide immunization database.

Nearly $1 million will be dispersed directly to the public four-year universities and two-year community and technical colleges to run their own drawing for free tuition and expenses for vaccinated students.

The state will also be offering 30 prizes of one year of tuition college credits to 12- to 17-year-olds through the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET program). These credits will go directly to families.

The incentives are open to all Washington residents regardless of citizenship, but proof of Washington residency is required.

You can make a vaccination appointment at VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov.

20 Replies to “From lottery cash drawings to gift cards, Inslee announces vaccination incentives”

  1. This takes stupid to a whole new level. Wasting more taxpayer money to incentivize people to get a jab that, at best may reduce your symptoms. I’m dumbfounded by not only the number of people that bought into this, but also how quickly they fell.

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  2. Excellent idea. I have seen this be very successful in other states, and was curious when it was going to roll out in ours.

    The benefits to people to get the vaccine in order to protect the safety of themselves and their family is pretty large, but this is a great way to increase resistance to the disease and open up more fully. We are pretty close to the 70% rate of people getting their first vaccination. The economic benefit of getting over that mark and opening up early before June 30th is very large.

    It’s a great idea since any increase in vaccinations that this helps create helps to open up our state, and easily pays for itself. Definitely money well spent if you think about it.

    It is pretty awesome to see the fall in cases and deaths, all from the increase in vaccinations. It’s nice to get some good news after the year we have all had.

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  3. Right on Evan. Metaphorically speaking I understand people deciding not to drink water from a public well because they think it might be tainted; but I’m baffled why they think they have to urinate in it just to be sure they make their point that they think it’s tainted. If you don’t want to drink the water that’s fine, but do you have to poison it for the people who are drinking it and seem to be thriving in the process? Sometimes the need to be right about something is a malignancy. Use your personal freedom and let others use theirs to do as they see fit. That would make a better world over night I suspect.

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    1. Why the big push to get everyone vaccinated, including children who need not be? The most disturbing of Fauci’s emails is titled Coronavirus bioweapon production method, from Adam Gaertner. Let that one sink in. And those of us who saw the writing on the wall over a year ago when Fauci came on all the news channels saying hydroxychloroquine was dangerous when in fact it wasn’t (60 plus year track record of safety) and it was also beneficial against Covid. That was a huge red flag. Who benefits? Big pharma, big government, etc. We the people- not so much.

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  4. This sounds sounds like a previous Inslee idea to get the drug addicts out of Seattle. Load them on a bus by offering free booze and cigarettes and they unloaded them in Kent at a abandoned motel the state bought…they partied and went back to Seattle..same place they brought in new RVs..sure they are trashed too by now.. this is the kind of ideas that surface when you spent someone else’s money.

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    1. Joy, you have this exactly right. Some commenters are crude if you don’t agree with them, this puzzles me. Why do some get away with this? I appreciate your sincerity and your business knowledge and sound judgement. Thank you.

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      1. Grace, spot on! It’s amazing how some people’s minds work. Argue, crude comment, and argue some more. I don’t usually comment because of people who seem to cruise the comments just so they can argue.

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  5. Thousands of people have gotten the vaccine and feel good about it and would do it again in a heartbeat, while thousands of others haven’t gotten the vaccine and insist on telling lies and half truths about it’s effectiveness and referring to the pro vaccine people as puppets and dupes of the State. As far as I’m concerned the latter group are the crude and inconsiderate ones. I have nothing against people who choose not to vaccinate. I believe in personal freedom for all, as long as they aren’t purposely hurting someone else with what they perceive as “freedom” or the “right” viewpoint. Freedom and beliefs aren’t like Math, where there is only one possible right answer. If we aren’t very careful about the need to be right about something, one man’s Heaven quickly becomes another man’s Hell.

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  6. I think we are just beginning to see who was lying, and hopefully we will also discover why? One viewpoint, and one only, was allowed for over a year. A Nobel prize winning French scientist, Luc Montagnier, was declared a conspiracy theorist for questioning the origin of the virus. He has also been silenced for questioning whether the vaccines were contributing to the number of variants, even though the spring spike followed the beginning of mass vaccination efforts. Seems like something worth studying? Countless others have been marginalized by the masses for voicing their opinions, all for the safety of the masses. Family members have been pitted against each other, as well as neighbors. I’m open to the idea that those in charge are acting in my best interest but they are a far sight from accomplishing that. The “scientific” evidence hasn’t followed the scientific method. Now the pandemic is being reduced to a sad reality show by governors hoping to reach an ever shifting herd immunity through vaccination lotteries. Let’s look back in a few years and use this as a learning experience.

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    1. Glen, you’re talking about “leaky vaccines”. It should totally be taken seriously.

      I’m not a Nobel laureate, but I’ve been censored even on this platform for giving this advice, elderly people should have access to saunas this winter. Consider regular use. I believe had this been done last winter, it would have saved many lives.

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  7. Who’s been silenced by the government or marginalized by the masses? We watched a President tell his medical experts to look into injecting bleach in our veins to stop the virus (and no this wasn’t a sarcastic statement on his part – just look at the tape of the remark). I’m suggesting people who want to get vaccinated should do it and people who don’t shouldn’t. What’s controversial or marginalizing about that? I don’t care to be brainwashed by crap from either side of this stupid paranoid argument. I choose CDC science for my decision. If you choose Presidential theories for what might work or some other science basis for your decision, go for it, no problem as far as I’m concerned. Just quit trying to brainwash me with internet pseudo science and theories. I choose WHO and CDC pseudo science and theories. To each his own. Peace

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    1. I don’t know what this has to do with censorship, but the president never suggest injecting bleach into your arms. Chemo-therapy is literally a poison injected into people to kill cancer – it’s not completely absurd. Trump surrounded himself with medical experts who were giving serious consideration to Intervaneous Disinfectants. The president was even criticized for spit-balling the idea of “bringing light into the body”, which again there are serious medical applications to that. UV light exposure to lung tissue seems incredibly viable, and maybe even a lot more safe and effective compared to some of the other pharmaceutical treatments. The president brought this forward:
      https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-experimental-ultraviolet-light-treatment-for-covid-19-takes-political-heat-11588005938
      ^^^ Look at this censorship described by the inventors

      Trump suggested the use of Hydroxychloroquine, which was censored and maligned, but has been used around the world [in conjunction with Ivermectin, others], to save the lives of millions of people who don’t have access to the vaccine. Somehow India was able to reverse their death rates without a vaccine, and they’ve been using these as therapeutic and prophylactic. What I’ve observed is that people are literally unhappy at the prospect that there might be options that are cheap and readily available. It’s blind hate for the POTUS.

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  8. Matt,
    And the term “leaky” vaccine is used in comparison to perfect vaccines, which perfectly mimic natural immunity. Meanwhile, we are treating natural immunity as no immunity at all, while we push vaccination. I apologize to those who think I’m argumentative but I honestly can’t reason my way through this mess. And the more I educate myself on the topic, the more confusing our actions become. Merck’s new therapeutic seems to be invisible to the media and much of the scientific community.

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  9. https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/covid-19-disinformation
    We can start with this group of scientists who were marginalized by Trump’s government agencies and the media. There is an entire planet of them, just takes a simple Google search. Joshua Phillip did a story on Wuhan origins 15 months ago. It’s turning out to be accurate. The ban on “misinformation” is starting to unravel, for the better.

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    1. Glen, your link to claims by CDC scientists who are “silenced” by President Trump is bizarre [looking for word]. The CDC has been completely in the driver’s seat. Is there anyone who denies that? The NIH has been in complete control, coordinating directly with the media on combatting what they determine to be misinformation. Internationally the WHO has been the hub of policy and information. Jay Inslee references the CDC in practically all policy and EO. Is there an example of specific CDC information silenced by Trump, or is this just propaganda? Even the link you’re pointing to from the Union of Concerned Scientists doesn’t cite examples, so much as gives Ministry-Of-Truth-esque examples of ways to dismiss information from others.

      This pandemic [most likely] was caused by scientists in the NIH and Wuhan. The word “science” has been said more times in 2020 than any other time in history. It’s absurd to imagine scientists are the ones not being listened to. They’ve been faithfully listened to un-skeptically.

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  10. Matt, you’re right. That group is not the right group, it was actually America’s Frontline Doctors who were kicked off social media for supporting hydroxy (which was banned because some orange tinted guy promoted it). The CDC has been led around by political groups, like teachers unions, and their own science ignored by Fauci and Birx. Significant scientists and doctors from the US, Israel, France and India have been relegated to third tier platforms. I do blame our government for their part in the censorship that has been going on.

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  11. Good grief. Time to give this subject the ‘ol ignore treatment me thinks. It’s become a bit of a load of crap from all directions.

    All I know is I think I had the disease in early ’20, I had the shots in early ’21, felt sick for three hours after the second shot and have felt better and stronger ever since. That works for me.

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    1. According to the US VAERS, more deaths have occurred following COVID-19 vaccination than all available vaccines combined over a 15.5 year period. I’m not going to take the risk. Too many nasty side effects, some of which we haven’t seen yet. And once it’s in, you can’t take it out.

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  12. My ending comment. I got the shots because I plan on traveling this year via airplane. Many of my friends got the shot many didn’t. Would I bad mouth the ones who did not? Absolutely not. We still live in a free country (I hope) and it is there choice. If they don’t want to get the vaccine it’s NONE of my business. With all the tons of miss-information that came out by CDC and media, regarding this disease, who wouldn’t be concerned about vaccine? I still am and I got it. With all the migrants that are coming into USA with Covid and Pres Biden seems ok with it? Why should we be upset?
    Fauci has to go….the end.

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