Gov Reynolds Won't Use Lottery, Cash to Move People to Get Vaccinated

IOWA - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she won't use giveaways to motivate people to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

Reynolds said Wednesday that she's happy with the state's vaccination rates and there's no need for prizes or lotteries that are being offered in other states.

She set a goal in late April for 65 percent of adults to be vaccinated by the end of May, and 75 percent by the end of June.

So far, about 63 percent have received one dose, and 44 percent are fully vaccinated.

Both neighboring Minnesota and Illinois are offering a variety of prizes for newly vaccinated people.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine reported a boost in vaccination rates after offering $1 million lottery drawings and college scholarships.

Iowa vaccinations peaked in early April, but have plummeted in recent weeks. At one point in early April, more than 51,000 Iowans received vaccine shots in a single day. Daily vaccinations in the last week have failed to reach 10,000.

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