Missouri launches $10K vaccine lottery to boost shots

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is offering people a chance to win $10,000 to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Republican Gov. Mike Parson announced the vaccine incentives program Wednesday. All vaccinated adults and teenagers are eligible. The state will award $10,000 to 900 lottery winners through the program. Teenagers will get $10,000 scholarships. The state also is giving local health departments the chance to offer $25 to anyone who gets a vaccine moving forward. The programs are aimed at increasing vaccinations in Missouri, which lags about 10 percentage points behind the national average for people who have initiated shots.