California prizes to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

California to Offer $116.5 Million in Prizes toEncourage COVID-19 Vaccinations.California has launched a new initiative to incentivize residentsto get vaccinated against COVID-19 before June 15.June 15 is the day California ispreparing to fully reopen its economy. .The initiative, announced by Governor Gavin Newsom, will see$116.5 million in prizes awarded to vaccinated residents. .Beginning May 27, the first two million people to get the COVID-19 vaccine willreceive a $50 gift card for cash or groceries. .Beginning May 27, the first two million people to get the COVID-19 vaccine willreceive a $50 gift card for cash or groceries. .In addition, vaccinated individuals will be entered in a lottery,with 10 people winning $1.5 million each. .An additional 30 people will receive $50,000 each.For those who got their vaccines prior to thisannouncement, Newsom confirmed that they would still beentered in the lottery for the larger prizes. .Getting every eligibleCalifornian vaccinatedis how we bring ourstate roaring back fromthis pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom, via Reuters