A piece of good news to those people who availed of the vaccination program offered by the New York government.
On Saturday, New York governor Kathy Hochul announced the ten preteens from around New York who won the first round of state college scholarships for 5-to-11-year-olds who get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sources said the names of the winners were drawn by lottery after their parents or guardians entered them in the “Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate” contest.
The scholarship was open to children 5 to 11 who get their first vaccine dose by Dec. 19.
It was learned that the weekly drawings will continue through Dec. 20.
The lucky winners will get tuition, room, and board for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at a New York State or New York City public university, plus money for books and supplies.
Last spring and summer, New York offered a similar scholarship raffle for vaccinated 12-to-17-year-olds.
Giving incentives to people who get vaccinated is a common gimmick by many states to ensure that many people will avail the vaccination program of the government.