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By: KDKA-TV News Staff
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (KDKA) – On Thursday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced a planned list of incentives for West Virgins not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 to receive the vaccine.
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Some of these incentives include college scholarships, pickup trucks, or cash rewards, with more details to be announced next week.
The lottery-like program follows the unconventional model first introduced by Ohio with its Vax-a-Million program.
While the incentive programs have caught the public eye, some critics question whether the incentives are effective in convincing the unvaccinated to roll up their sleeves.
States across the country and West Virginia have seen hesitant vaccination in the past few weeks and are turning to various methods to convince people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition to the incentive lottery, Governor Justice tried to convince unvaccinated West Virginians with the cute appeal of his pet babydog.
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“Now listen, if you don’t do it for me, if you don’t do it for your family, you have to get the baby dog vaccinated,” Justice said. “That’s all there is to it. Now she wants you to be vaccinated so badly, and she’ll be the one to run us through all of these incentives. And no question she’d give you a high five now, but you need to get vaccinated . ”
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“She wants you to be vaccinated SO urgently” pic.twitter.com/rTdtO7amb1
– Haleigh Hoffman (@HaleighHoffman) May 28, 2021
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The judiciary said he was hoping to “make” [people] smile a little ”by showing them on the screen during the press conference.