MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:32:38 +0000 Nevada bets on cash prizes to boost vaccinations http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/18aa6da5e11f4e69a0ddeadd998b77c5 A new kind of jackpot is coming to Nevada, the governor said Thursday, but only for state residents who have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. (June 18) 18aa6da5e11f4e69a0ddeadd998b77c5 Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:09:02 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: MUST CREDIT KTNV; NO ACCESS LAS VEGAS; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS; NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++KTNV - MUST CREDIT KTNV; NO ACCESS LAS VEGAS; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS; NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVELas Vegas – 17 June 20211. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Steve Sisolak, (D) Nevada:"Vax Nevada Days is a COVID vaccine incentive promotion that will provide $5 million in cash and prizes for nearly 2,000 eligible Nevada residents who have been vaccinated. That's right, $5 million in prizes will be awarded."2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Steve Sisolak, (D) Nevada:"Now I know you're anxious for having me get to what the prizes actually are, so let me get right to the good stuff."3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Steve Sisolak, (D) Nevada:"On August 26, we will announce the grand prize winner of $1 million. Additionally, every week Nevadans who have received a vaccine are eligible to win fishing licenses, annual passes to Nevada's incredible state parks."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:A new kind of jackpot is coming to Nevada, the governor said Thursday, but only for state residents who have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday announced a broad effort to encourage reluctant or forgetful residents to get shots, adding his state to a growing list offering unconventional incentives to revive flatlining vaccination programs amid waning demand.The governor, a Democrat, didn't call it a lottery. He called it "Vax Nevada Days" and termed the prize program a raffle because entrants aren't paying to participate and vaccines are free.The program makes all state residents who have received at least one vaccination since December automatically eligible to receive part of $5 million in prize money. Vaccinated military members in Nevada and their dependents also will be entered to win.Prize winners will be announced every Thursday for eight weeks beginning July 8. Students ages 12 to 17 can get college tuition credits worth $5,000 to $50,000. People 18 and older are eligible for prizes from $1,000 to $250,000.Among almost 2,000 winners, one grand prize winner of $1 million will be announced Aug. 26."Vax Nevada Days" will be paid for with federal coronavirus relief dollars, he said.Nevada has about 3.1 million residents. About half the eligible population, or 1.4 million, have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine during mass clinics, pop-up neighborhood sites and walk-in offers at pharmacies.The number of vaccinations administered daily has plummeted from more than 25,000 in mid-April to under 7,000.Thursday's announcement on one concourse of Allegiant Stadium came within sight of local health officials hosting a free vaccination clinic on another. Almost 43% of eligible people statewide have completed inoculations. The numbers are slightly lower in the Las Vegas area, home to about 74% of the state's population.Unlike other U.S. states offering prizes to boost vaccinations, Nevada has no lottery. The state's powerful casino industry has historically opposed creating public numbers-based drawings and scratch-off tickets like those offered in retail stores in most states. The governor said the state attorney general and regulatory Gaming Control Board told him that using a random number generator to pick winners adheres to Nevada law.Names are kept with Immunize Nevada, a state agency that books and tracks vaccinations statewide.In other states, prizes offered to encourage vaccinations have ranged from hunting rifles and shotguns in West Virginia to scratch-offs in New York.In California's "Vax for the Win" strategy, Gov. Gavin Newsom has used lotto balls and a game show-style spin wheel to pick random vaccinated residents for cash prizes and draw attention to the effort.Nevada was the third state to make a announcement Thursday about prizes for vaccinations. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced lottery plans.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 53% of people nationally have gotten at least one vaccine dose, including 87.1% of people 65 years and older, and 44.5% of all people are fully vaccinated. Nevada has reported nearly 328,500 confirmed coronavirus cases since March 2020, and 5,642 deaths. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 600,000 on Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Sisolak noted that more Nevada residents had received coronavirus vaccines than any other vaccine in the state's history and noted Nevada historically has among the nation's lowest influenza vaccination rates.Department of Health and Human Services data shows Nevada has ordered fewer vaccine doses in recent weeks as the number of people seeking shots has declined. The department reported that more than 12,700 doses of vaccine have been wasted since March. The numbers reflected doses opened but discarded unused or unusable because of mistakes like dropped vials, improper storage or mishandling. The data did not distinguish between Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson products.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. A new kind of jackpot is coming to Nevada, the governor said Thursday, but only for state residents who have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. (June 18) Nevada bets on cash prizes to boost vaccinations