Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that vaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 17 will have a chance to win the full ride at public universities and colleges in New York.
ALBANY, NY – Vaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 17 will have a chance to win the full ride at public universities and colleges in New York, government Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.
The governor said the state would revoke 50 scholarships, including four years of tuition, room and board, books and supplies.
A weekly drawing will be held in New York on Wednesday in which 10 winners will be randomly selected. Parents or guardians may enter children who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since May 12.
Schools around the country are using mascots, food trucks and prize gifts to try to get children vaccinated before going to school for the summer.
Cuomo said that children who get vaccinated first will have the best chance of winning. It is not clear when applications for the lottery will open, but people can sign up for information on the state website.
“If you get the vaccine first, you will be more likely to win because you will be in the first week pool, second week pool, third week pool, fourth week pool, et cetera.” Cuomo said at the press conference on Wednesday.
Since Monday, New York has been offering scratch tickets for the $ 5 million lottery for those who get vaccinated at ten of the nearly 30 state-run vaccination sites. That pilot program runs until Friday.
New York delivered 788,145 doses in seven days to Tuesday. This is just over 1 million in the seven days ended on Tuesday, 11 May.
According to US Center for Disease Control and Prevention data, about 45% of New York’s 20 million residents have been fully vaccinated, compared to a national average of 39.5%.
According to state health data shared by Cuomo, some minors have so far been fully vaccinated: about 8.7% of people between the ages of 12 and 17. This is compared to 37.5% of young adults under 25, nearly half of people aged 35–54, and 69.5% of those aged 75 and over.