First there was Vax-A-Million. Now there is the Vax-2 school.
Miami Valley health commissioners hope Governor Mike DeWine’s latest vaccination incentive program will bring more people to clinics to get the vaccination.
DeWine awards $ 150,000 college scholarships to students ages 12-25. Another $ 100,000 scholarships are available in the same age group.
The Ohio Department of Health announced that 58,520 people signed up for the Vax-2 School drawings in the first week.
Gabe Jones, health commissioner for Champaign County’s health district, said in an interview with WHIO-TV that he was optimistic that the new giveaway program will encourage more people to get vaccinated.
“We hope the advances will continue, especially in Champaign County where our younger population is not quite where we would like it to be. So any positive signs are encouraging, ”said Jones.
The draws have not yet started, so students ages 5-11 have time to qualify for the vaccine.
They too can register for the raffle as soon as the US Food and Drug Administration opens the vaccine to their age group.
Registration for the raffles is possible at ohiovax2school.com for anyone in the correct age group, provided they have received at least one dose of the vaccine. It doesn’t matter when they received the shot, whether it was last week or months.
Health officials are now preparing for clinics to distribute the vaccine to 5-11 year olds.
Miami County Health Commissioner Dennis Propes hopes older family members will come to get vaccinated once the younger age group is eligible for the vaccine and vaccination appointments are made.
“We’ve seen this before, where people bring a loved one in for the shot and say, oh, while I’m here, I might as well get it,” Propes said.
In his most recent COVID briefing, DeWine said he hoped the Vax-2 School drawings could begin within the next few weeks, but a start date for the drawings has not yet been announced.
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