BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Ohio, New York and Maryland recently announced vaccine lotteries to incentivize residents to get their COVID-19 shot. Now, Birmingham is looking to get in on the action.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said the state’s vaccine rate has increased by 45% since the lottery announcement. The Magic City is hoping to see similar results.
City Council President William Parker said that residents would have to sign up to participate in the city-wide lottery. Anyone that has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at any time would be eligible to play. The city will have medical professionals verifying vaccine eligibility, according to Parker.
“The funding would be coming from the CARES Act Funding, which Birmingham received $141 million,” Parker said. “So the goal is to make sure we think outside and increase the number of residents getting vaccinated. We’re in a race against time.”
Parker said that the City Council is aiming to roll out a vaccine lottery by the end of the summer.