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North Carolina Tries Lottery to Increase Vaccination Rate, Fails Miserably

Well that didn’t go as planned.




It seems as though the new arbitrary number that we need to hit for the COVID-19 pandemic to be considered “over” is 70%.  Don’t ask us how or where this number truly came from, or how it just so happened to be such a nice, round number.  This is what the government says they’ll accept as success, and so there you have it.

Well, just so long as it happens right around July 4th:  President Biden’s speech writers have been salivating over that sort of “independence from coronavirus” narrative for months already.

Around the nation, local governments are trying a number of ways to reach this goal, which now lies solely in the hands of folks who don’t want the vaccine.  Most people who’ve wanted one have gotten one at this point, and vaccination rates have plummeted ever since.

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Even a chance at winning a million bucks has barely moved the needle in North Carolina.

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Since announcing a $1 million lottery incentive to people who get a COVID-19 dose, North Carolina has seen a slight boost of just 1% in the number of people getting vaccinated.

During a Friday press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper said vaccinations have not increased “significantly yet” in response to the incentive that was launched June 10.

Cooper hoped the chance at $1 million would encourage more North Carolinians to get a COVID-19 vaccine. But the number of vaccinated adults rose from 54% to 55% over the course of the 10 days the incentive has been in effect.

“We’re hoping over the next few days and few weeks that we will see some significant improvement in our numbers,” Cooper said during the press conference. “We’re trying to find everything that we can, even keeping steady would be a positive thing.”

But North Carolina may be an outlier in this regard, as Ohio’s announcement of a similar lottery preceded a 33% increase in the vaccination rate.



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