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US State Is Giving Away Free Guns To Encourage People To Get Vaccinated

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US State Is Giving Away Free Guns To Encourage People To Get Vaccinated

West Virginia has come up with a new way of getting more Covid-19 vaccinations completed.

The US state will be putting vaccine recipients' name into a draw and then they'll give a bunch of winners free guns.

The drawings will run from June 20 to August 4 and people have the chance to win five custom hunting rifles and five custom hunting shotguns.

There will also be two brand-new, custom-outfitted trucks to give away, along with five lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, and 25 getaways to the state's many parks.

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But just when you thought West Virginians have more than enough incentives to get the jab, the state has also unveiled a financial lottery system.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

For a little more than a month, one person will receive $1 million every week. The grand prize of $1.58 million will be drawn on August 4 and a runner up will receive $588,000.

The state is also giving away two full, four-year scholarships for any institution in the state for people aged between 12 and 25 years old.

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice unveiled the policy during a press conference this week and he's excited and hopeful it will work.

He said: "The faster we get people across the finish line the more lives we save.

Governor Jim Justice. Credit: PA
Governor Jim Justice. Credit: PA

"That's all there is to it. If the tab just keeps running the cost is enormous. The hospitalisations are enormous. We have to get all of our folks across the finish line."

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Eligible people include those who have received either the first or both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

West Virginia is one of many states across the US who has launched an incentive program to encourage people to get vaccinated against the pandemic.

There have been promises of free weed, free donuts and free gym memberships. The aim is to give people a reason to get the jab that isn't related to protecting their community and themselves, and trying to get rid of a pandemic.

Health officials say 51.4 per cent of West Virginia has already received their first jab.

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Across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 40.9 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. President Joe Biden wants at least 70 per cent of Americans to have received one vaccine shot and 160 million adults fully vaccinated by Independence Day celebrations on July 4.

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Topics: News, US News

Stewart Perrie
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