The million-dollar question: Did vaccine lotteries actually work?

Washington Examiner


It’s not that Jonathan Carlyle, 40, didn’t believe that the coronavirus vaccine was important or safe. But with three children, including a 5-month-old baby, and a full-time job, getting the shot just wasn’t a priority — until, that is, he realized he could potentially win $1 million through Ohio’s vaccine lottery. "When y'all announced the Vax-a-Million, as soon as I heard that, I was, like, 'Yes, I need to go do this now.'" He was one of several Ohioans who won the state’s Vax-a-Million drawing, bringing home a $1 million prize for his family. Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine found that Ohio’s lottery did not increase coronavirus vaccination rates when compared with other states that did not offer a lottery incentive.


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