Alberta Announces Three Separate 1 Million Dollar Vaccine Lotteries

Alberta adds fewer than 200 new cases for 5th straight day but vaccine demand decreasing

Alberta adds fewer than 200 new cases for 5th straight day but vaccine demand decreasing

Alberta is wanting to get above 70% of their population with their first dose, and they are now at 68% so you would think this stunt should push them over the threshold.

The first $1-million prize will be given out on the first day of stage three of the province's opening plan, which is projected to happen in early July.

Vaccine lotteries have been announced in Manitoba, Ohio, California and more.

"This lottery will help us cross that 70 per cent threshold so we can reopen and stay open", Kenney said in a media release Sunday announcing Monday's media event.

He acknowledges there are some who will never get a vaccine of any kind.

In a Twitter post, Health Minister Tyler Shandro stated that individuals who want to take part in the lottery will not be required to show proof of vaccination.

"But we also know that there are lots of people who want to get vaccinated or are thinking hard about it but they just haven't taken the plunge yet".

Registration closes a week after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received a first dose and the victor will be drawn when Stage 3 of Alberta's Open for Summer Plan begins, roughly a week later.

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Saskatchewan reported 65 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the province's total to 47,941 cases throughout the pandemic . To date, 11,504 cases of variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan.

"We need to just nudge those who haven't gotten around to getting their vaccines yet".

Last week Timothy Caulfield, who is research chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta stated that an incentive lotto program like this one might prove to be helpful for the vaccination process.

More than three-quarters of Alberta's active cases are variants of concern, according to provincial data.

Only one registration is needed to be qualified for all three draws.

For the final stage to be in place for Canada Day, about 48,000 first-dose vaccinations need to be completed by Thursday, Kenney said.

Starting today, anyone eighteen years of age and older who have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine can enter the lottery for one million dollars at alberta.ca/lottery.

Registration for the second and third draws closes on August 24 and September 23. The final draw, also for fully vaccinated Albertans, has a tentative date of September 30.

Alberta entered Stage 2 of its reopening program on June 10, two weeks after reaching the target of 60 per cent of Albertans having had a first shot. 3 Million Dollars is up for grabs in separate million dollar draws, plus additional prizing.

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