WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is launching a lottery that will award nearly $2 million in cash and scholarships to people who get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Premier Brian Pallister says it’s a way to get more people to get a dose, as the third wave of the pandemic continues to put significant pressure on hospitals and intensive-care units in the province.
“The reality of COVID is it’s sneaky and its variants are … very, very dangerous. They move fast, and we have to move faster. We have to move faster to get vaccinated in larger numbers,” Pallister said.
“The sooner we get vaccinated, the sooner we get our lives back. This lottery gives Manitobans a reason to move faster,” he added.
Anyone aged 12 and up who has received at least one dose of vaccine on or before Aug. 2 will be eligible for the first draw. A second draw will be held after Sept. 6 for people who have received two doses.
Grand prizes of $100,000 will be awarded in every health region, and there will be 10 draws for scholarships of $25,000 each for people aged 12 to 17.
Anyone who has been immunized is automatically entered in the draws.