CVS is giving out prizes for the vaccinated like it’s a game show
50% of Americans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to celebrate and encourage more people to get the jab, we’ve apparently entered the game-show portion of the pandemic. Ohio was one of the first states to kick off a massive million-dollar lottery for vaccinated citizens and California just launched the largest incentive in the U.S., with plans to raffle off more than $115 million in cash and prizes just for getting vaccinated. Now, CVS has joined the game and will be giving away prizes ranging from cash to trips to Bermuda to Super Bowl tickets if you got, or are planning to get, vaccinated at CVS.
Starting June 1, 2021, eligible customers who already received or plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at CVS by July 10 can enter their #OneStepCloser sweepstakes to “win one of over a thousand fun and exciting prizes through weekly drawings and grand prizes over a six-week period.” The sweepstake runs from June 1 to July 10, with prices being doled out weekly.
From cash to European vacations, CVS will be giving away the following:
125 people will win $500 cash giveaways and 5 families will win $5,000 each to host family reunions. 100 people will win 7-day cruises on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Five lucky vaccinated people will win free trips to Bermuda, 500 people will win $100 gift cards, and one lucky fan will get a VIP trip to the 2022 Super Bowl. They’re also raffling off hotel stays and date night freebies and tickets to iHeartRadio, just to name a few.
“We’re grateful for the millions of people who’ve received one of the well over 17 million doses we’ve administered at CVS Health, but we have a long way to go,” said Dr. Kyu Rhee, Senior Vice President and a Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health said in a statement. “Getting as much of the population fully vaccinated will bring us one step closer to all the things we’ve missed during the past 14 months, and keep our country moving in the right direction.”
On the one hand, it’s insane we have to bribe people to get vaccinated. The pandemic has really entered the “and you get a free trip and you get a free trip!” timeline, but if this is what it takes? Go for it. Also, it’s working. In Ohio, NBC News reports that the state saw its highest vaccination day in three weeks on Friday, May 14, 2021, which was two days after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that all adults who get the vaccine can enter a lottery for a one-in-five chance of winning a million dollars.
For more information, the full list of prizes, and to enter starting on June 1, you can visit CVS.com.