Get a COVID-19 vaccine, win $1 million in this state

Get a COVID-19 vaccine, win $1 million in this state”

Gov. Mike DeWine is scheduled to provide the public an update in the fight against COVID-19 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"In December, that number topped more than 800", he said.

"And so now, let's talk about the health orders". What you have done has really worked!

"In fact, based upon the experiences of other states, we expect that many stores and businesses may require social distancing and may require masking", he said.

DeWine had said two months ago that he would lift health orders if cases were below 50 per 100,000 state residents.

"But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic - when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it - is a life lost to COVID-19", the Republican governor continued.

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"For those who are not vaccinated, the virus is just as unsafe as ever", he said.

The scholarship will fully cover the cost of tuition, room and board and books for each victor, DeWine said. And, with 12-17-year-olds now being eligible for vaccinations the state will select one youth from this demographic to win a full four-year scholarship (tuition, lodging, and books) to one of Ohio's state universities. Anyone under 17 can register each week during the five-week lottery.

During a rare Wednesday evening statewide address, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the state will be lifting COVID-19 health orders and that it would be offering scholarships and $1 million cash prizes to incentivize Ohioans to get vaccinated.

As US officials scramble to convince citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19, one state is putting its money where its mouth is - offering millions in lottery prizes for those who have received an injection.

He promised there would be more specific information about both drawings in the coming days and did not elaborate on specifics.

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