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June 3, 2021

Governor Inslee announces COVID-19 vaccination incentives

Today, Governor Jay Inslee announced some exciting new incentives to help encourage unvaccinated Washingtonians to get the COVID shot.

The Washington State Lottery will be conducting a “Shot of a Lifetime” giveaway series during the month of June, working with state agencies, technology companies, sports teams and higher education institutions across Washington to offer a myriad of different prizes to vaccinated individuals.

Some of the incentives announced today include:

  • Lottery cash drawings, with prizes totaling $2 million
  • Higher education tuition and expense assistance
  • Sports tickets and gear
  • Gift cards
  • Airline tickets
  • Game systems and smart speakers

Vaccinated Washingtonians do not need to do anything to be entered into the drawings. The only action that Washingtonians need to take to win any of the prizes is to get vaccinated. All individuals who have been previously vaccinated are eligible, including minors 12-17 years of age.

The Lottery will automatically gather names from the WA Department of Health (DOH)’s statewide immunization database. Those who are not sure of their vaccination status can go to https://myirmobile.com/ or call the DOH call center at 1-800-525-0127, press #. Please note: All those who received their vaccine from Skagit County Public Health will already be in the system and do not need to take further action.

According to the most recent statewide vaccine data, approximately 63% of Washingtonians 16 years and older have initiated their vaccinations. The state hopes that the incentives announced today will entice unvaccinated people to initiate their vaccinations and raise the statewide rate to save more lives and protect more people. As a reminder, Washington is set to reopen fully on June 30, or when the percentage of eligible adults who have initiated vaccination reaches 70%, whichever comes first.

“What a fantastic opportunity that the Governor announced today!” said Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Public Health Director. “Now is the time to get yourself and your loved ones vaccinated—the benefits were already great, and they just keep getting greater.”

Drop-ins are welcome at the Skagit County Fairgrounds clinic this week; be in and out within 20 minutes and secure your spot in the Lottery drawings! The Fairgrounds are open today (Thursday, June 3) until 7pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm. For more information about our site, go to: www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine.

Many neighborhood and chain pharmacies are also accepting walk-ins. For a list of nearby providers, go to: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/.  

Lottery incentives are open to all Washington residents regardless of citizenship, but proof of Washington residency is required.

For a full list of incentives and for more information, read the Governor’s press release here.