Vaccination rates in Ohio rose only 1% after the announcement of a $ 1 million lottery incentive.
“We hope that over the next few days and weeks we will see a significant improvement in our numbers,” Governor Roy Cooper said on Friday.
Other states that have announced lottery incentives have seen significant increases in vaccination rates.
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Since announcing a million dollar lottery incentive for people who receive a dose of COVID-19, North Carolina has seen a slight increase of just 1% in the number of people getting vaccinated.
At a press conference on Friday, Governor Roy Cooper said vaccinations had not yet increased “significantly” in response to the incentive launched on June 10.
Cooper hoped the $ 1 million luck would encourage more North Carolinians to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But the number of adults vaccinated rose from 54% to 55% in the 10 days the incentive was in effect.
“We hope that over the next few days and weeks we will see a significant improvement in our numbers,” Cooper said at the press conference. “We are trying to find whatever we can, even staying stable would be a positive thing.”
North Carolina is one of many states that have designed and offered incentives to residents who otherwise might not feel inclined to receive a dose of COVID-19. This reflects an effort to boost immunization nationwide, as health officials continue to warn the United States must achieve herd immunity to return to normal.
Other states have had success with such incentives. Vaccinations rose sharply by 33% in Ohio, for example, which also offered a lottery incentive. California also offered a lottery incentive in the amount of $ 116.5 million. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the incentive resulted in a noticeable increase in vaccinations statewide.
About 39% of North Carolina’s population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The state’s immunization effort lags behind that of most other states, according to data from JHU.
Nationally, about 45% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to JHU data.
Cooper’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
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