(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) – Despite Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine touting the state's $5 million vaccine lottery as a "success" in promoting higher vaccination rates, a recent study found no evidence the initiative contributed to an upward trend in inoculations.
The Vax-A-Million incentive program started in May and has already awarded vaccinated applicants lucky enough to have their names pulled from the list of eligible candidates. Ohioans ages 12 to 17 who received one or more doses had the chance to win one of five scholarship awards, and anyone over 18 with the same qualifications is eligible for one of five $1 million prizes.
Researchers at Boston University’s School of Medicine compared vaccination rates in Ohio with several states that had no lottery incentive. The study found that vaccine rates increased following the state's lottery announcements but attributed the spike to different causes, saying the uptick was due to the expansion of the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 12 to 15.
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