Ohio governor on new COVID-19 vaccine incentives: ‘We’re thinking about it’


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Gov. Mike DeWine said the state is considering new incentives to prompt Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Yes, we’re thinking about it,” DeWine said Tuesday when asked about a new incentive as Pfizer seeks federal approval for vaccines for people as young as five years old.

“That’s all I can tell you today, but we’re certainly thinking about it,” he added. “We’re looking at these numbers and they simply have to go up.”

Earlier this year, the state held a Vax-A-Million sweepstakes, awarding five $1 million prizes and five full-ride scholarships to vaccinated Ohioans. Vax-A-Million was paid for using federal COVID-19 relief funds.

After the last drawing June 23, DeWine said to expect the incentives to return, but in a way that would reward more people.

DeWine said the incentive was a success.

“It worked exceedingly well for 14 days,” the governor said. “It was a phenomenal increase and we got that and that’s important.”

Incentive or not, DeWine continued to encourage Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Everybody that gets vaccinated is not only doing something for themselves, but they’re doing something for everyone else,” he said.

DeWine initially said in mid-July that a new incentive could be announced. However, nothing was announced at that time.

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