Vaccine incentive campaign concludes, now wait begins
The Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign — which sought to promote COVID-19 vaccinations — ended Sunday, June 27. Now, the wait begins to see who won.
Everyone who received at least one vaccination shot in Oregon was automatically entered, with the exception of some state government employees and their families, says a press release from the Oregon Health Authority.
Over 18,000 Oregonians who were vaccinated at federal administration sites entered the contest by submitting their vaccines at the Take Your Shot, Oregon website.
One Oregonian 18 and older will win the $1 million prize, while 36 others will win $10,000 prizes — with one winner in each county in Oregon. Oregonians age 12 to 17 have a chance to win one of five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships.
In addition, several counties added their own extra incentive drawings, for a total of 134 prizes. Jefferson County will fund eight $10,000 prizes for adults and three $10,000 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts for kids ages 12 to 18.
More than 2.3 million vaccinated Oregonians must now wait for a call to see if they are a winner. The lucky winners will be notified by phone within the next week.
Here are a few tips to know the call is legitimate:
• The call will come from Oregon Health Authority.
• The call will come from a 503 or 971 area code.
• The caller will ask about your vaccination status.
• The caller will NOT ask about financial information. A caller who asks for any financial information is fraudulent and a scam. Hang up immediately.
Because of the high number of prizes (again, 134 total statewide), it will take some time to make the calls and verify winners. Gov. Kate Brown anticipates announcing the winners sometime next week.
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