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Province banks on $1M prize to reach vaccination target

Sunday, 13 June 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Province banks on $1M prize to reach vaccination target
Province banks on $1M prize
to reach vaccination target

By Shannon Robison

Premier Jason Kenney hinted last week of big incentives to entice reluctant Albertans to get in line for their first Covid-19 vaccination, and he wasn't kidding.

The provincial government is placing the odds on a massive lottery payout to get past vaccination stall — three $1-million prizes will be drawn for in the Open for Summer Vaccine Lottery and your vaccination is your ticket.

While the lottery is obviously intended to tempt unvaccinated individuals to roll up their sleeves, all Albertans over the age of 18 who have received at least one dose of vaccine can register to win the first $1-million prize.

In total there will be three $1-million prizes along with a "range of other exciting prizes," which the premier says will be announced soon.



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Two weeks after the threshold of 70 per cent having received a first dose of vaccine has passed, the province will move full on into the final stage of its Open for Summer plan.

"Thank you so much to the 68 per cent of Albertans who have gone out of their way to get at least their first dose of a Covid vaccine," the premier said in a video released Saturday.

"Thanks to you, we crushed the spring spike of Covid and we are starting to get our lives back to normal."

The premier's video was made at a walk-in vaccine centre in Edmonton, which was empty.



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While 19 per cent have received second doses, things have come to a standstill as far as initial doses go.

With this video came the announcement of the Open for Summer Vaccine Lottery, with the province dangling a $1 million carrot to get folks to accept at least a first dose of vaccine.

Reaching the 70 per cent target will allow the final public health restrictions to be lifted.

"We just need one final push so we can lift them all and get back to normal," Premier Kenney said. "If you've been waiting to book or you've been looking for a reason to get the shot, here it is.

"We've had to spend billions of dollars in our health-care system and through supporting people through the past 16 tough months," he said. "So if we can just keep pushing up those numbers of people who are vaccinated, that will easily pay for itself in future savings."

With more than 64,000 first-dose appointments booked in the coming week, the province is set to reach this milestone on June 18.



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To enter the draw you must be an Alberta resident 18 years of age or older and be able to provide proof of vaccination. Entry details will be announced on Monday.

Registration for the lottery will close one week after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received a first dose and the winner will be drawn when Stage 3 begins.

Those immunized out of province are also eligible, provided proof of an approved vaccination has been submitted to Alberta Health Services.

Shots can be booked online at https://bit.ly/3rWnXdd, locally at the Associate Clinic in Pincher Creek or by calling 811.


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South-zone vaccination statistics as of June 11:

Lethbridge West – 75.9 per cent have received first doses, 22.1 per cent have had a second.

Lethbridge South – 72.3 per cent have received first doses, 30.4 per cent have had a second.

Lethbridge North – 69.9 per cent have received first doses, 20.9 per cent have had a second.

Pincher Creek area – 66.4 per cent have received first doses, 26.8 per cent have had a second.

Medicine Hat – 64.7 per cent have received first doses, 23 per cent have had a second.

Crowsnest Pass – 63.1 per cent have received first doses, 23.7 per cent have had a second.


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County of Newell – 53.6 per cent have received first doses, 13.4 per cent have had a second.

Lethbridge County – 53.2 per cent have received first doses, 16.9 per cent have had a second.

County of Warner – 51.8 per cent have received first doses, 18.3 per cent have had a second.

Oyen area – 54.5 per cent have received first doses, 14 per cent have had a second.

Fort Macleod – 49.8 per cent have received first doses, 18.3 per cent have had a second.

MD of Taber – 42.5 per cent have received first doses, 11.9 per cent have had a second.

Cardston County – 42.3 per cent have received first doses, 17 per cent have had a second.

County of Forty Mile – 35.8 per cent have received first doses, 13.4 per cent have had a second.

These numbers reflect percentage of population 12 years of age and over in each region.


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