Newest vaccine incentive gives kids 12 to 17 chance to win full scholarships

The latest New York State vaccine incentive is meant to entice teens to get the shots by raffling off 50 scholarships to any public college or university.

Posted: May 26, 2021 12:52 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2021 4:11 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. (UPDATED) – The latest New York State vaccine incentive is meant to entice teens to get the shots by raffling off four-year scholarships to any public college or university in the state.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, anyone 12 - 17 years old who gets vaccinated over the next six weeks will be put into a raffle with a chance to win one of the scholarships, which will cover full tuition and the cost of room and board at any SUNY or CUNY school. students will also get money for non-tuition costs like books, supplies and transportation.

Ten winners will be chosen in random drawings every Wednesday through July 7.

Cuomo said kids will be entered into every weekly drawing after they are vaccinated, so “the sooner you get the vaccine, the greater your chances” of winning one of the prizes.

Any kids in the 12 to 17 age group who have already been vaccinated will be eligible for the raffles, according to Cuomo. 

To sign up to get notifications about the scholarship incentive, click here.

Kids 12 to 17 account for just 5% of COVID-19 tests, but 10% of the positive cases, according to data from the state health department.

By Wednesday, 44% of the total eligible population 12 and older in New York have been fully vaccinated.

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