With No State Vaccine Incentives Planned, Polk County Kicks Off Its Own Lottery

Though Gov. Kim Reynolds has no plans to incentivize vaccination in Iowa, the state’s counties and municipalities do.

Today Polk County announced a lottery running from today to Aug. 22. To register, individuals have to be at least 18 and must have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or be fully vaccinated (one dose of Johnson and Johnson or two of Moderna or Pfizer). Signups for vaccines can be found here.

Entrants must also provide a Polk County address, their name, date of birth, phone number and email address. The county will verify those details as well as the individual’s vaccination status. People have to register themselves, and people who have already been vaccinated are welcome to sign up. Winners will be selected at random and notified by phone or email.

Winners will only be able to collect their prizes once they’re fully vaccinated. But entrants don’t have to receive their vaccine in Polk County to qualify.

Weekly cash prizes will be drawn starting June 25.

  • Every Friday: ten $1,000 prizes
  • Every other Friday: one $50,000 prize and one $5,000 scholarship in addition to the ten $1,000 prizes

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan as part of an effort to help local governments boost public health and recovery.

 

by Nikoel Hytrek
Posted 6/15/21

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