COVID-19

Vaccine lotto hasn’t led to rise in vaccinations

Health workers say there hasn't been an uptick in people being vaccinated since Michigan's vaccine sweepstakes was announced.

Michigan is seeing the lowest rates of new vaccinations against COVID-19 since the vaccines were introduced in December. That’s despite a $5 million sweepstakes meant to boost inoculations.

So far, about 57% of the state’s population age 12 and over have received at least one dose of vaccine. That’s only 2% higher than it was a month ago.

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The goal is to reach 70% vaccination and it’s beginning to look like we may never get there – sweepstakes or no.

“We were at a trickle before the lottery and we are at a trickle after the lottery,” said Dr. Robert Lorinser, medical director of the Marquette County Health Department, in an interview with MLive.

The MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes was announced at the beginning of the month. The prize money comes from federal coronavirus aid allocated to the state, but it is being run by Meijer for legal reasons.

State leaders hoped it would provide the nudge needed to get tens of thousands of Michiganders to get the shot. It still might, but many are skeptical.

Others say it’s too soon to tell.

“It might be a little bit too early to be able to attribute any bump in vaccination rates to the lottery,” said Berrien County Communications Manager Gillian Conrad.

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