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Vaccinated Kentuckians could win $1M, full-ride scholarship

Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 1:02 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 9:19 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) – Three Kentuckians will have a chance to win $1 million if they are fully vaccinated. Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Shot at a Million incentive Friday.

People who are 18 years old and older can register to win $1 million. Another incentive will give 15 people ages 12 to 17 a chance to win a free college education, including tuition, books, and room and board.

The governor addressed this on Friday and said that he and the team have studied other states and have watched as similar programs have led to more vaccinations.

“We have seen other states, it has bumped them up and has increased momentum. It has got the word out. If you are on the fence and haven’t had the opportunity to learn about it. It’s also a good incentive to call your doctor,” Beshear said. “We need even more of our fellow Kentuckians to get vaccinated before we can truly be free of the COVID-19 threat.”

Winners of the Shot at a Million will be announced on July 2, July 30, and Aug. 27.

For some people like Amanda Davis, the promise of cash is not changing her mind about getting the shot.

“I do like vaccines, and I think vaccines are great. But I do not really like the COVID vaccine because I don’t think there has been enough testing on it,” Davis said.

The 26-year-old added she thinks Bershear’s incentives will help to get more people vaccinated, but the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t for her.

“I don’t have a problem with anyone else getting it. It’s just not for me, and I don’t feel like I should be judged if I don’t want to get it,” Davis said.

While Patty Davis has been vaccinated, she too said she’s not sure if the incentives will motivate her co-workers who are opting out of the shot.

“I think it’s a good idea. There are a lot of people who still don’t want to do it. We have people we work with who still wear a mask every day because they don’t want to be vaccinated,” she said.

To register or for the Shot at a Million or to find out more information, click here.

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