Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Registration for Alberta's vaccine lottery open now

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hopes vaccine lottery will get attention of the unvaccinatedCBC News Edmonton5 hours ago2:07 Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hopes vaccine lottery will get attention of the unvaccinatedCBC News Edmonton5 hours ago2:07
Ginger Lawrence | 15 June, 2021, 04:24

The "Open for Summer Lottery" is being implemented to encourage more Albertans to get vaccinated.

"There always will be some who will never get a vaccine of any kind". Alberta is wanting to get above 70% of their population with their first dose, and they are now at 68% so you would think this stunt should push them over the threshold.

"COVID has already cost us billions and this lottery is aimed at reducing the cost going forward to individual Albertans who are still at risk of getting sick and to all of us as a province", Shandro said.

"But we also know that there are lots of people who want to get vaccinated or are thinking hard about it but they just haven't taken the plunge yet".

"When we hit that 70 per cent number, that's when we'll be fully open", said Kenney.

"We need to just nudge those who haven't gotten around to getting their vaccines yet", Kenney said in the video posted Saturday.
We need to beat the virus once and for all.

Dr. Stephanie Smith, an infectious disease physician at the University of Alberta Hospital, characterized it as a gimmick.

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"They are hesitant, they have concerns about the safety or the efficacy", she said.

Kenney said there's been a dropoff in the past 10 days of first doses administered and bookings being made.

During a Monday afternoon press conference, Premier Kenney announced that there will be two additional $1 million lotteries available for Albertans over the age of 18 who have received a second dose of vaccine, to be drawn at later dates. "Currently, we are 48,361 first dose appointments away from reaching that goal". Registration opens June 14 and closes one week after 70 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose.

He says the first grand prize draw will take place the day the province enters Phase 3 of its pandemic recovery plan, adding more details will be announced in the coming days.

He says the first instalment will be open to Albertans 18 or older who get at least their first dose of vaccine within a week of the day the province partially immunizes 70 per cent of the population. Those whose names are selected must be able to provide proof that they've received their first dose to win the July draw, or their second dose to win the August and September draws.

The third, 2nd dose draw for one million dollars will happen on September 30 with registrations closing on September 23.