Officials in California are ramping up efforts to convince hesitant Golden State residents to get vaccinated, offering over $116 million in prizes and incentives.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced the spending spree Thursday, explaining that California is “putting aside more resources than any other state in America” and “making available the largest prizes of any state in America for those that seek to get vaccinated.”
The state is offering general $50 gift cards to the next 2 million people who get vaccinated. Other incentives include a vaccination drawing, which will take place on June 15 — the day the state finally plans to fully reopen.
According to the Associated Press, “On that day, a drawing will be held to award 10 vaccinated people the top prize. Another 30 people will win $50,000 each, with those drawings starting June 4”:
Anyone 12 and older who has received