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There’s still time to be entered into vaccine lottery

I've heard that some states are giving prizes to folks who are vaccinated by a certain date. Is Oregon doing anything similar? If so, where can I get information about it (like who is eligible, how to get into the drawing, etc.)

— M in Ashland

It’s more than rumors, M. Apparently you missed the barrage of media coverage on this from a couple weeks ago.

There is indeed a vaccination incentive program in Oregon intended to aid with the goal of getting 70% of Oregonians 18 and older at least one dose of vaccine.

Announced in late May, it’s called “Take Your Shot, Oregon,” and the premise is simple: If you have received at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson, you’re automatically entered to win $1 million, according to a news release from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

You have until June 27 to enter, and a drawing will take place June 28, with winners announced the following week.

One person will win $1 million, and five others will receive $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships that can be used for either college or trade schools. Also, one person from each Oregon county — 36 total — will win $10,000.

Employees and family members of the Oregon Lottery, Gov. Kate Brown’s office , the Oregon Treasurer’s office, and the Oregon Health Authority are ineligible.

More information is available at www.oregon.gov/gov/Documents/Take%20Your%20Shot%20Oregon.pdf.

Recently, the Oregonian reported that state officials are hoping to ramp up enthusiasm and potentially offer more incentives. The story reported that just prior to Brown’s lottery announcement, the 7-day average of adults receiving their first shots was about 9,000. Two weeks later, it dropped to about 6,700.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com.