After a successful test of vaccination incentives the last week of May, the Pima County Health Department has decided to offer incentives at most of the County-affiliated vaccination sites through June, including up to 100 Arizona Lottery $2 scratcher tickets per day.
The Lottery tickets are part of a larger national effort to enlist community partners and others to offer incentives to help boost vaccination numbers. The lottery tickets, which have a maximum grand prize of $10,000 and numerous smaller cash prizes, will be given to anyone getting their first dose of a two-dose vaccine, or who get the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Today through Sunday, Casino del Sol is hosting a FEMA vaccination POD and will be handing out $20 gift cards to casino restaurants to people getting vaccinated. And on Saturday, the Health Department, City of Tucson and Reid Park Zoo will be offering free admission to the Zoo from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. to people getting vaccinated there.
Members of the public can go to www.pima.gov/covid19vaccine to find where Lottery tickets or other incentives are being provided.
The Health Department and County leadership will keep a close eye on the incentives program and decide from week-to-week whether to increase or decrease the amount of incentives offered. The County recently reached 454,000 fully vaccinated residents. County epidemiologists believe the County needs to reach 630,000 fully vaccinated residents or more to see negligible or no community transmission of COVID-19. County COVID-19 case counts have plateaued at about 400 per week for the past 9 weeks.
“As the number of people seeking vaccination has slowed, the County, like other communities across the country, has turned to incentives as a way to give people who have delayed getting their shot a gentle nudge to get it now rather than later,” said Communications Director Mark B. Evans.
The Biden Administration this week announced a nationwide vaccination push using incentives. Go to vaccines.gov/incentives for a list of participating companies and incentives.