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Ohio gets things rolling with Vax-a-Million Program

Ohio gets things rolling with Vax-a-Million Program

 Ohio’s governor Mike DeWine was the first to announce their Vax-a-million program as an incentive to getting residents vaccinated against COVID-19.    $1 million dollars will be given out once a week for 5 weeks via a television address.   Anyone over the age of 18 who has received their vaccine is eligible to enter.

 

Abbigail Bugenske, 21, was the first to win $1 million dollars. 

 Since the announcement, state officials have seen a 45 percent increase in the vaccine rate.  This was just the type of spike DeWine was hoping for.   He expressed his desire to be able to turn the corner on the pandemic as more and more Ohioans get vaccinated.

 Another incentive, for those under 18 is a four-year, full-ride scholarship (including room, board, tuition and books) to any state University.

 Joseph Costello was the first to win one of five scholarships being given out.   Costello’s parents confessed that while they were planning to get all their children vaccinated, the incentive program really motivated them to get it done before the first drawing.   Costello wants to attend either Miami University or Ohio State.  Since he is only a freshman in high school, he has some time to decide.

 

DeWine’s Vax-a-Million campaign has since inspired other states to do the same with Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Oregon soon implementing their own Vax-a-Million incentives.

 

To view the full story, visit: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/teen-reacts-winning-year-college-scholarship-ohios-vaccine/story?id=77936650

 

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