Study Finds Ohio Vaccination Lottery Didn’t Increase Jabs

A study released in October found offering cash incentives to get vaccinated did not improve vaccination rates and was “statistically indistinguishable from” having not done it.

In June, Ohio GOP Gov. Mike DeWine, according to CleveScene, announced the state would offer a lottery to those who got a COVID-19 vaccine. The lottery, Vax-a-Million, would give five people over the course of five weeks $1 million if they got vaccinated, as well as scholarships to younger residents.

“I know that some may say, ‘DeWine, you’re crazy!'” the governor adds. “‘This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money.’ But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic — when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it — is a life lost to COVID-19.”

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