KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Division of Well being and Atmosphere Secretary Dr. Lee Norman mentioned the state is making an attempt “all method of issues” to get vaccines into arms — and that would embody a vaccine lottery within the close to future.
Ohio lately launched a vaccine lottery to incentivize residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Those that have been vaccinated can enter the weekly drawings for a prize of $1 million, or a four-year scholarship to an Ohio state school, together with tuition, room and board, and books.
Norman mentioned Tuesday through the daily University of Kansas Health System broadcast Kansas is exploring the same alternative to achieve these he calls “vaccine-lazy.”
He described these as individuals who intend to get the vaccine, however “simply haven’t gotten round to it but.”
Norman mentioned the division has to make use of a drastically completely different technique to get these folks vaccinated than mass vaccination clinics.
One avenue might be a lottery.
Norman mentioned they’re working with the Kansas Lottery Fee to develop a program.
It gained’t be fairly like Ohio’s — the place children ages 12 to 17 can enter for the school scholarships — and the prize gained’t be $1 million.
Somewhat, Norman mentioned they’d provide one thing extra appropriately sized for Kansas residents 18 and older who’ve been vaccinated.
The lottery wouldn’t “penalize” those that have already been vaccinated.
Norman mentioned anybody who has been vaccinated earlier than the lottery launches can enter, too, in order that’s not a very good cause to no get the vaccine now.
Different neighborhood efforts embody discovering methods to attach with tough-to-reach communities, reaching out at fishing holes, truck stops and extra.
Norman mentioned whereas this technique is way slower, extra time consuming and extra labor intensive than a mass vaccine clinic, well being officers must be pleased with “onesies and twosies” because the state works towards herd immunity.
On the present fee of vaccinations, Norman mentioned it is going to take Kansas roughly seven extra months to achieve that objective.
However, with indicators the vaccine lottery is working in Ohio, there’s potential for a Kansas lottery to hurry issues up.
As a result of fewer and fewer persons are in search of the vaccine, there’s a lot sitting on Kansas cabinets.
Whereas Norman mentioned they haven’t had any vaccine expire, it has been getting shut in some cases.
A vaccine lottery might additionally assist remedy that drawback.
Norman didn’t present a timeframe for when the lottery may open.