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Carney announces DE Wins! incentive program to drive vaccinations

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WILMINGTON – Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) on Tuesday announced the launch of DE Wins!, a public education and incentive program aimed at increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in Delaware.

Delawareans ​12+ vaccinated from May 25-June 29, ​and any Delawarean ages 12-17 vaccinated to date, will be entered to win $5,000 in cash and additional prizes in twice-weekly drawings conducted by the Delaware Lottery.

In an effort to get the vaccine in the arm’s of more Delawareans, the state is opening a lottery-based incentive program. PHOTO COURTESY OF DELAWARE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

Other prizes include a four-day vacation, a full scholarship to a public Delaware university, annual Delaware State Parks passes, tickets and camping at Firefly Music Festival, and prize packages from partners including Funland, the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Delaware Lottery will conduct the twice-weekly drawings on Mondays and Fridays from May 31 through June 30.

Additionally, Delaware small businesses will offer customer incentives to any Delawarean vaccinated so far, as well as during the program time frame. The Delaware Division of Small Business has launched the Small Business Incentive Fund to reimburse eligible qualifying businesses for incentives, which will include restaurants, bars, breweries, and gyms.

On June 30, to cap off the DE Wins! campaign, every Delawarean who has received the COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware will be entered to win a $302,000 cash prize and two low-number Delaware license plates, also conducted through the Delaware Lottery.

Delawareans vaccinated at locations managed by DPH and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), including Curative vaccination sites and DPH clinics, from May 25-June 29, will also receive a $10 gift card.

“Our goal is to reach 70 percent of vaccinated adults in Delaware in the coming weeks, and to continue vaccinating as many Delawareans as possible against COVID-19,”Carney said in a statement. “This incentive and public education campaign will help get us there. The science is clear. These vaccines are extremely safe and protective against COVID-19 infection and serious illness. Getting your shot is the best way to protect yourself and those you love.”

“Incentive programs are one of three key levers that are becoming widely recognized for increasing vaccine rates,” Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, said in a statement. “Along with education to tackle misinformation, and increasing access to vaccines by reducing logistical barriers such as offering free transportation and walk-in hours, incentive programs are another tool that can drive vaccine uptake among different audiences, particularly younger ones, by offering items that are seen as valuable and motivate them to act.”

As of Monday, May 24, Delaware providers had administered 881,281 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 65 percent of Delawareans 18 or older have received at least one shot.

“The Delaware Lottery has many years of proven experience producing random numbers for various Lottery games in a secure and protected manner,” Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware Lottery, said in the release. “No Delaware Agency operates in a more audited environment. The Lottery is proud to provide the same randomization process to this extremely important phase of Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program.”

“The Wilmington Blue Rocks are proud to partner with the State of Delaware and DE Wins,” Kevin Linton, director of community affairs for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, said in a statement. “We are eager to see more Delawareans get vaccinated, and we hope that offering Blue Rocks baseball tickets will incentivize fans to do so.”

“The Delmarva Shorebirds are excited to participate in this program and to encourage everyone in our region to get vaccinated,” Chris Bitters, general manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds, said in a statement. “The lucky winners will be able to enjoy the VIP treatment at a Delmarva Shorebirds game during the 2021 season. Getting vaccinated not only protects our fans but continues to allow venues like the Delmarva Shorebirds to provide a sense of normalcy again for everyone.”

“Funland is excited to be involved with the state’s vaccine incentive program,” Chris Darr, personnel manager and fourth generation family member of Funland, said in a statement. “Our family is always looking for ways to support our community and this is certainly a great opportunity to help.”

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  1. Barbara Briddes May 27, 2021

    I love the idea of incentivizing people to get the vaccine but the drawings should include all people that have been vaccinated in Delaware. This program is leaving out most of the elderly. The rollout of the vaccine was fraught with problems. People had to work to get an appointment. My husband (who has cancer) had to travel to Dover to get his vaccine, it would have been nice to get a gift card to pay for gas. Now we can go to our nearest pharmacy to get the vaccine.

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