State officials recently used its new Vax-a-Million program that is awarding five $1 million prizes to any Ohioan at least 18 years old who’s vaccinated and a college scholarship to any state school for anyone between 12 and 17 years old who receives a vaccine.
Last month state officials said the state had more than 3.4 million Ohioans who entered their names for a shot at the Vax-a-Million, up from the 3.3 million who had registered for a prior week’s drawing.
Though Vax-a-Million is over, Ohio is working on additional incentives to encourage residents to get vaccinated.
While Gov. Mike DeWine didn’t announce any new initiatives, he hinted that the next program could include smaller, but more prizes.
After the Vax-a-Million program was announced in mid-May, state officials reviewed the data of those who either started the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Governor’s office spokesman Dan Tierney said there was an overall increase of 44% from the week before the announcement to the week of the announcement. That does not include the 12-to-15-year-olds who were eligible to take the Pfizer vaccine for the first time.
Miami’s new incentive program would see both the Oxford and regional campuses each run a vaccine incentive program. All full-time students are eligible to participate if they meet all of the following requirements:
· They are registered as a full-time student in the fall semester (12-plus credit hours undergraduate, 9-plus credit hours graduate).
· They have received at least a first dose of a two-dose vaccine or have completed a single-dose vaccine.
· They upload proof of their vaccination into Miami’s online medical portal.
Prizes include: bursar credit equal to one Tuition Promise semester of in-state tuition and fees (maximum value $8,352), bursar credit for a Miami meal plan for one year (maximum value $3,000), VIP box tickets for the student and nine friends to a Miami hockey game, cash prizes, laptops, and bookstore gift cards.
Miami officials said no taxpayer or tuition dollars are being used to fund the prizes.
For more information see Miami’s website.