For over a month, states have been offering prizes and raffles in exchange for their residents getting the COVID-19 vaccine, with next to no public attention. West Virginia then decided to offer something that captures attention: guns.
Some states have struggled to incentivize their citizens to get the vaccine, due to genuine concerns being censored and a lack of clarity as to when society will ever return to normal, without masks and contradictory recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead of offering concrete perks, many states are turning to lotteries, with thousands or even millions entered to win potential prize money, sports tickets, or free beer available only for those vaccinated.
No state seems to be quite as dramatic or fun as West Virginia, however, which is offering guns alongside cash prizes to generate excitement about being vaccinated.
The government will be starting these lotteries on June 20, celebrating Father’s Day by raffling, among those who