It was first a lottery to win $ 1 million in Ohio. Then another lottery was set up in West Virginia.
In theIllinois, people could get free tickets to the Six Flags amusement park.
In New Jersey that meant free beer.
The Governor of Minnesota announced giveaways that included fishing licenses, gift cards and state park permits, among others.
And West Virginia has upped the stake, adding the chance to win shotguns or rifles hunting.
Governors across the country are using almost shameless inducements to lure Americans who haven't received a coronavirus vaccine to take voluntarily a vaccine. And a few people who took part in these raffles won prizes, even $ 1 million.
Part of it is a necessity. There are still Americans who actively abstain from getting vaccinated.be or just haven't adopted Covid-19 yet.
Businesses have also stepped in to nudge the unvaccinated. The percentage of a state's population that has been vaccinated varies considerably. Some states are approaching 70%, and others are still below 50%.
The governors therefore had to be careful creativity. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a 'shot of a lifetime' state lottery to get a vaccine, with prizes including a $ 2 million lottery, gaming systems and loudspeakers, and "help with tuition and higher education expenses."
In New Jersey, the governor, in partnership with the state health department, implemented a "shot and a beer" incentive ve program, which allows any New Jersey of legal age to consume alcohol that receives its first vaccine in May to also enjoy a free beer at breweries participating in the program.
This sort of approach was praised by Joe Biden on Wednesday when he announced a months of action to reach the goal of vaccinating 70% of American adults by July 4th, President nodding to brewer proposed gift by saying : "That's right, take a picture and have a beer. Free beer for all ages 21 and over to celebrate independence from the virus.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki echoed this Thursday during the daily briefing.
"Free beer - looks very appealing to the public, it seems, by [the] headlines " Psaki said.
In a video that went viral in May, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice sat at his desk with his English Bulldog, named Babydog, on his lap.
"If you don't do it for your family, you need to get the Babydog vaccine," Justice told the camera. "That 's all we can say about it. Now she wants you so badly to get vaccinated and she will absolutely be the one to walk us through all of these incentives. And withoutno question, she'll give you a top five now, but you need to get the shot.
Incentive programs have become a bipartisan trend with governors in dark red states like West Virginia or dark blue states like California offering a range of incentives.
And there have been million dollar winners already. In Ohio, Jonathan Carlyle of Toledo won the Vax-a-Million State Lottery.
"I kept talking of that, and I work all the time, and when the Vax-a-Million business started, I immediately went over there and got it. It pushed me to the limit, "Carlyle told Blade of Toledo . He said he would use the money to pay some bills and buy a house.
Not all governors gave out prizes. In Utah, Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, says he monitors the effectiveness of lotteries.
"It would be really great if we didn't need incentives at all. Hopefully not dying is a great incentive," the governor said according to Deseret News.
In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, is considering a lottery vaccine.
"We have to do everything we can to make sure we can get as many shots as possible," Cooper said according to ABC affiliate KATV .
North Carolina already has a prog$ 25 incentive ramme for vaccines.
In South Carolina, House of State Minority Leader Todd Rutherford has offered to use the Covid-19 relief money to set up $ 1 million prizes for people to get vaccinated. In an interview, when The Guardian suggested it was surprising some people still haven't been vaccinated, Rutherford lamented with a moan: "You and me both!
"The only way I think we can start breaking through is by using what works in other states and I think the 'Ohio has seen a 29% increase in their vaccinations because of it, "said Rutherford. " And if we can get that kind of rise by spending a million, two million dollars, I think it ' s obvious. "